Posted: June 7th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: News | Tags: Author, Ray Bradbury, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Writer | Comments Off
Prolific Ray Bradbury, American Sci-Fi author who was pivotal in popularising the genre with works like as The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91.
“Mr Bradbury died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a long illness,” a spokesman for his publisher HarperCollins said.
“The world has lost one of the best writers it’s ever known, and one of the dearest men to my heart. RIP Ray Bradbury – Ol’ Gramps,” Bradbury’s grandson Danny Karapetian said via Twitter.
Born August 2, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, the gregarious Bradbury left a massive body of work, including Fahrenheit 451, Now and Forever, I live in the Invisible, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Hard Pill to Swallow, News, News Update! | Tags: Assassination, Author, india, Indian Muslim Groups, Jaipur, Maharashtra, Muslims of Jaipur, Rajasthan, Salman Rushdie, Satantic Verses, twitter | Comments Off
Salman Rushdie will not attend a literature festival in India after authorities warned the controversial author he was a potential target of assassins at the event. Opposition from some Indian Muslim groups erupted this month after Rushdie was invited to attend Asia’s largest literature festival, and senior Muslim leaders called on the government to prevent the 65-year-old author from entering the country.
“I have now been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to eliminate me,” Rushdie said in a statement read out by the festival producer. “While I have some doubts as to the accuracy of this intelligence, it would be irresponsible of me to come to the festival in such circumstances.” Read the full article »»»»