Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction

The Paris Review
Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction

Good science-fiction is always more about the present than about the future. Ray Bradbury, who died this Tuesday at the age of 91, excelled in the discipline. Paris Review has a long, brilliant interview with Bradbury, that was originally held in the 70s, but never published and then updated shortly before Bradbury’s 90th birthday. Even if you don’t like his work, I think you’ll like this interview. It takes you right into a great mind and it’s full of memorable quotes. My favourite: «I have three rules to live by. One, get your work done. If that doesn’t work, shut up and drink your gin. And when all else fails, run like hell!»

From Weekly Filet #71, in August 2014.

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