Remembering Ray Bradbury, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Author Ray Bradbury, who popularized literary science fiction with the publication in 1950 of his collection of linked stories, The Martian Chronicles, died yesterday at ninety-one.

Letters of Note features this 1974 letter from Ray Bradbury to a fan. At the time Bradbury answered two hundred letters each week, without the help of an assistant. In it, he tells the young fan, also a writer: "There are no true conservatives, liberals, etc, in the world. Only people."

In honor of the late science fiction master, Byliner rounded up several stories by and about Ray Bradbury, including essays by Neil Gaiman, and Margaret Atwood.

Citing recent scientific studies, Jonah Lehrer examines the powerful influence of daydreaming on the creative mind. (New Yorker)

The New York Daily News looks at the Read Russia exhibit at BookExpo America, and the role of the writer within Russian society.

If you missed the Transit of Venus yesterday, Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly details the importance of the cosmic event in centuries past. (Brain Pickings)

Juggernaut literary website the Rumpus has launched a complete redesign.

Next week, if you're near Amherst, Massachusetts, on Thursday, June 14, the Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting a garden party with The Common literary magazine, featuring an open house, a reading, tours of the gardens, and more.