This "lost" interview with Ray Bradbury is the best thing you'll listen to today

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One of Ray Bradbury's lesser-known interviews also happens to be one of his last, and it is positively wonderful to experience. In 2010, the literary giant was interviewed by Sam Weller (his official biographer) at San Diego Comic Con. The then-89-year-old Bradbury spent a little over an hour ruminating on life, love, space exploration, and even libraries, with the verve and wit of somebody a fraction of his age. It's as stirring as it is refreshing, and offers a revealing look inside one of the twentieth century's most inspiring minds.

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If you can spare the time, we recommend giving the entire interview, which we've included below, a listen. It was recorded by Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of the free storytelling app Backstory, and re-broadcast in a slightly edited form in the days following Bradbury's passing.

The interview begins around the 2 minute mark, following a short introduction from Goldsmith. If you're looking for a streamlined version, Maria Popova has excerpted and transcribed some of the most compelling segments of the interview over on Brain Pickings. You honestly can't go wrong either way, so choose your own auditory adventure, sit back and enjoy.

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[Jeff Goldsmith via Brain Pickings]

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I will wait for the fall SNL skit that makes fun of Ray Bradbury suggesting we have a permanent settlement on the moon and moving onto Mars, and the articles either here or on other sites ridiculing him for the suggestion.

It's what happened to Newt when he suggested it. Or when former President Bush put forth the exact same idea.

Perhaps I'll just sit back and wait for the apologists to explain that President Obama cutting the space shuttle program and NASA's budget was a good thing, and the goals he set for NASA are totally in the realm of their responsibility, you know, as in "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering."

The amount of illogical partisanship I see when it comes to the space program is perhaps the saddest thing about this website and any website geared towards the "future."

We've gone from telling NASA "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," to "Make the Muslim community feel good about themselves and build better international relationships." While both are admirable tasks, the are tasks for the diplomatic corps, not for NASA.