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Ray Bradbury, A Life Well-Lived

One of the great writers has passed, leaving behind a rich legacy of work that will surely continue to inspire generations to come of intelligent readers. A father to the Science Fiction genre, Bradbury’s tales are always anthropocentric, examining how humans might react, intellectually and emotionally, in situations wrought by changing technology and what it could offer as new means for experience, whether it might entail meetings with other species, visiting other worlds, or simply how our own world might be transmuted for good or ill.

His thoughts are always poetic, finding beauty in much that the masses might consider to be dark and fearful, and so his aesthetic sense is one which many Satanists have found to be resonant with their own. His FAHRENHEIT 451 stands as a bold warning about censorship and is often the gateway into his work for free-thinkers who then come to be seduced by Bradbury’s ruminations on what it means to be human. The answers he offers are honest, not comforting, and thus accurately reflect the range of what the animal calling itself “Man” is capable.

The following Bradbury quote from the essay collection “Bradbury Speaks” (2005) shows what we would consider to be a profoundly Satanic perspective:

“In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.”

His works are his monument, and through them he surely will have immortality.

Hail to thee, Ray Bradbury!

Magus Peter H. Gilmore