Ray Bradbury, American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer, died on June 5 in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness. He was 91.
Bradbury’s books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.
Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated among 20th century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films.
In a career spanning more than 70 years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to 50 books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time.
Bradbury wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of Moby Dick. He adapted 65 of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree.