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Steven Spielberg Pays Tribute to Late Ray Bradbury

The Academy Award winning director refered to Bradbury his "muse".

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: June 6th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Steven Spielberg Pays Tribute to Late Ray Bradbury
A sad, sad day indeed when it was announced that science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91. It’s not surprising that a myriad of notable figures have come forward lauding Bradbury’s influence, including Steven Spielberg.

“He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal," Spielberg said in a statement on Wednesday.

Evidently the admiration betwixt Spielberg and Bradbury was mutual.

"Close Encounters is the best film of its kind ever made. It takes too long, but the transfiguration at the end, with the splendid arrival of the mother ship - that makes up for everything. I was so amazed and changed when I saw it that I went over to the studio to tell Spielberg what a genius he was. And he said, 'You know, I never would have done this film if I hadn't seen [your] It Came From Outer Space when I was a kid'," Bradbury said in a 2003 interview with The Newark Star Ledger.

Bradbury will also be remembered by such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes.
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