Iconic science fiction writer Ray Bradbury dies at 91

6 06 2012

Science fiction writer and icon Ray Bradbury, who passed away today at the age of 91.

It’s a sad day to be a geek. Ray Bradbury was a true icon in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, and it’s sad to hear of his passing. Bradbury was known for being very accessible to his fans, often doing public readings at libraries until his health prevented it, and appearing at every San Diego Comic-Con since the very first one in 1970.

I was most familiar with Bradbury’s work through the adaptations for film and television. I have particularly fond memories of a TV adaptation of The Martian Chronicles from the early 1980s, as well as his stories that appeared on The Twilight Zone and on Ray Bradbury Theater.

I finally read Fahrenheit 451 last summer, and it is truly one of the best books I have ever read. I’d hoped that I’d get a chance to see him at Comic-Con last year, but his appearances were very limited and he didn’t do any signings due to health reasons. The Martian Chronicles was already on my reading list for this summer, and I believe it just got bumped to the top.

– dEV

 

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The author behind “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles” dies in Los Angeles

By Scott Stump – TODAY books

Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles at 91 years old.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed the death of the legendary science fiction writer to the Associated Press Wednesday morning.

Bradbury began his career writing science fiction for fanzines in 1938 and became a full-time writer in 1943. His major breakthrough as a science fiction writer was the publishing of “The Martian Chronicles” in 1950. The story of the effects of man’s attempt to colonize Mars after a massive nuclear war on Earth, the book reflected the anxieties over nuclear war in the 1950s and the fear of foreign powers.

Perhaps his best-known book is “Fahrenheit 451,” which was released in 1953 and tells the story of a professional book-burner who works under a totalitarian government that has outlawed the written word. The main character, Montag, flees for his life after he starts stealing books meant to be burned and falls under the tutelage of a professor out to educate him.

Several of Bradbury’s works became movies or television shows, including the movie version of his novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Versions of Bradbury’s stories appeared on episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone,” and he also had his own cable series, “Ray Bradbury Theater,” that ran from 1986-1992.

Among the awards Bradbury won during his career, he received the O. Henry Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. His work also appeared three times in the Best American Short Stories collections.

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