RIP Ray Bradbury

 I’d like to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury who passed away yesterday at the age of 91.  I was first introduced to Bradbury’s writing in high school, and I’ve enjoyed many of his short stories and books since. Fortunately, many are still in print.  If you have any interest in Sci-Fi and haven’t read him, you don’t know what you’re missing.  He was a consumate story teller with a surprisingly accurate ability to write about the future. Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles are two of my favorites. New York Times obit.

New Award honoring Monica Hughes

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has just announced a new children’s book award which I’m so excited about, The Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Sponsored by Harper Collins Canada, the award honors the late, great Monica Hughes whose was a powerhouse in the field of science fiction and fantasy for young readers.  Our Roundtable brought Monica Hughes out to speak on three separate occasions, and each time was a real treat. I had the pleasure on taking her out for dinner on two of those occasions, and found that she was as humble as she was talented.  Books like The Isis Trilogy, Invitation to the Game, The Golden Aquarians and The Maze, are among my favorites, and are as current and thought-provoking today as the day they were written.

Thank you Harper Collins Canada for stepping up to the plate and honoring one of our finest writers for young people.