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Watch Ray Bradbury Read His Poem "If Only We Had Taller Been" (1971)

By Harriet Staff

We've been so saddened by the passing of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), so we're grateful to have this video of him reading a space-themed poem. Thanks to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which recently released two videos of Bradbury from their archives to pay tribute to the author and visionary.

On November 12, 1971, on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit at Mars, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. In this excerpt, Bradbury reads his poem If Only We Had Taller Been.


Originally Published: June 11th, 2012