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Hooray For Ray

Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars Credit: Viking Project,

Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars Credit: Viking Project,

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short story.

There’s a new site up that celebrates, the legacy of Bradbury’s shorter literary efforts. The site is called Write 1 Sub 1 and it is dedicated to ambitious short story writers. For the year 2011, they have a very interesting challenge going on. And that is to write one short story a week and also submit one short story during the same time period.

Folks, this is a serious challenge. I think the task can be accomplished, but it requires total dedication to the art form for the course of the entire year. The inspiration comes from Mr. Bradbury himself, who did undertake such a goal, when he was a young and unknown writer. The venture paid off for the guy from Illinois, but readers should keep in mind that the literary market was not only abundant with more opportunities, but also the competition was less intense.  Anybody who wishes to take a closer look at Ray Bradbury’s writing philosophy should definitely take a look at his classic discourse,  “Zen and the Art of Writing”.

Clouds and Sand on the Horizon of Mars Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA

Clouds and Sand on the Horizon of Mars Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA

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