Try bringing decent editing to your stories, New York Times!

The story: Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery (nytimes.com 6-6-12)

The mistakes: Instead, he read everything he could get his hands on: Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway .

“ I’m not a serious person, and I don’t like serious people…”

The Copy Vigilante says: I think Ray Bradbury’s fascination with space got to the writer and editor of his NY Times obituary. Ahem. There should not be a space between the last word of a sentence and the punctuation, nor should there be a space between an open apostrophe mark and the word following it.

This ain’t rocket science, cnn.com, even if it is Ray Bradbury!

The story: Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury dies (cnn.com 6-6-12)

The mistake: “In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back.” he wrote in a book of essays published in 2005. “Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy…”

The Copy Vigilante says: The screaming period that stops this sentence dead should be a comma. Hello cnn.com, did any of your editors take Editing 101?!