This morning — at the age of 91 — science fiction/fantasy writer Ray Bradbury passed away.

I never met him, but in high school I watched a video of Bradbury where he described the slow start of his career, the need for persistence, and the importance of dreaming and fantasy.

His thoughts — which allowed me to escape the boundaries erected by your average suburban high school experience — didn’t compel me to immediately run out and become a writer, but those lessons stuck with me (I can still visualize the interview today).

I’ll let others judge his place in the writing universe, but if you listen to the last video embedded below and you’ll realize he lead a wholly interesting life, and how he translated his curiosity and passion into his work.

Rest in peace, Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury On The Dangers of Writing Novels

A 2001 Bradbury speaking engagement where he speaks to the danger of writing novels at the beginning of your career:

“Write one short story a week… and at the end of the year you’ll have 52 short stories and I defy you to write 52 bad ones.”

Ray Bradbury on Persistence

Ray Bradbury Doesn’t Believe in College (For Writers)

Ray Bradbury in a mid-1970s interview, where he says college might be the enemy of creativity and remembers graduating from high school wearing a suit with a bullet hole in it (an uncle had been shot and killed in the suit).

“The ability to fantasize is the ability to survive. The ability to fantasize is the ability to grow.”