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Dandelion Wine Redux

July 31, 2012

In the almost two months since Ray Bradbury died, a host of tributes have appeared, touching on almost every salient aspect of his long life and his exceptionally many-sided work.

I’ve read most of them and just came across another one online, written July 13, by John Wilson, editor-at-large for a magazine I might never have seen, if not looking for articles about Ray … Christianity Today.

I thought I would share the comments with you.

In his article, Wilson cites a June 7 Chicago Tribune feature celebrating Bradbury written by Julia Keller, which covered familiar territory, citing his many books and awards, his screenplays, etc.

Yet most of the top half of page three (I’m going to look for the issue, to see for myself) was given to a gossipy feature by Mark Jacob, headlined: “BRADBURY RODE WITH SLOW COMPANY.”

A large photo showed Bradbury on his bike, and the caption read: “Ray Bradbury didn’t drive a car, but he was often out and about in Los Angeles, browsing bookstores, his bicycle propped outside.”

A sidebar noted that while Ray Bradbury “had some amazing accomplishments … one nonaccomplishment is also noteworthy: He never got a driver’s license.”

Theories Anyone?
There were several theories proposed to explain this quirk in his personality. One even said Bradbury’s “abiding fear of automobiles” was probably attributable to the multiple-fatality accident he had witnessed shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1934, at age 13.

The theory said, for Bradbury, “it remained a recurring nightmare.”

But I don’t buy it. Throughout his long and prolific career, Ray Bradbury, a master of the short story, also wrote novels and poetry, radio dramas and screenplays. He even served as a consultant to NASA. He was often seen in limos. If you were to ask me why Ray Bradbury, the long-time futurist and visionary didn’t drive, my answer would be simple.

Because he was Ray Bradbury.

AP Photo/Steve Castillo

Next Book

April 17, 2012

© Cover art for the next book, designed by R.L. Herron

So, before you ask, what does the title “Zebulon” mean?

Good question. I looked it up for you:

Zebulon \z(e)-bu-lon\ as a boy’s name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Zebulon is “dwelling of honor.” Biblical: the name of one of Jacob’s son.

What does that mean as far as my new book is concerned?

Nothing. I just like the word.

My next book is a collection of short stories. The best definition of genre would be fantasy.

The collection contains stories that range from the ultra-short fiction of “Conversations with a Lonely Island God” to the 8,600 words of “Zebulon.” They run the gamut from sad, and maybe sentimental, ghost stories to pure and simple fantasy.

However, while there might also be a touch of science fiction, there is no sword and sorcery here, no epic fantasy or horror. Most stories here would rightfully be called low fantasy; stories that are set in a relatively normal world, containing fantasy elements.

More than anything, they are stories of life and love, and the experiences of ordinary, if not exactly normal, people.

Hmmm, sounds like I may just have written something I can use in the forward!

As a teaser, here are a few sentences from one of the stories in the book, “The Devil & Charlie Barrow.”

When he stepped into the bar that cold night in December, Charlie acted as if Flanagan’s was definitely not the first stop he had made. If anyone had asked, everyone, and I do mean everyone, from me to Mayor O’Reilly, would have said Charlie looked like he had been partying since noon.

Still, he somehow maintained the dignified presence that seemed to follow him wherever he went.

As Charlie slowly wobbled his way through the tables, I shook my head in wordless wonder. Charlie ignored many empty seats and finally plunked himself down at the bar.

He took the stool right next to old Beelzebub.

Interested yet?

Find out more about my current book, “Reichold Street,” and plans for the next books at my writing web site: Broken Glass.

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