Old 06-06-2012, 12:18 PM
Sci-Fi legend Ray Bradbury dies

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose imagination yielded classic books such as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," has died at 91, his publisher said Wednesday.
Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness," HarperCollins said in a written statement.
Bradbury's books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.
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"In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create," the statement said. "A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty 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."
"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 answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior."
Bradbury received the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.
Bradbury lived in Los Angeles since his family moved there from his native Waukegan, Illinois, to look for work during the Great Depression.
He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren. His wife of 57 years, Marguerite, died in 2003.
The biography released by his publisher quoted a story in which Bradbury recounted meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. Electrico touched the 12-year-old Bradbury with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!"
"I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard," Bradbury said. "I started writing every day. I never stopped."
Really a bummer. Bradbury was amazing, Sound of Thunder will remain one of my favorite short stories.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:51 PM
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:55 PM

Loved all his work, my fave being "The Martian Chronicles" RIP
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:44 PM
Sadly under-rated, but I loved Something Wicked This Way Comes
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:30 AM
Highly under-appreciated writer RIP

Farenheit 451 is a true classic story

[on writing 'Fahrenheit 451'] - "I wasn't trying to predict the future. I was trying to prevent it."

as an ultimate homage , i'm gonna go watch Fuck me , Ray Bradbury by Rachel Bloom
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:37 AM
One of the greatest writers there's ever been.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:32 AM

I have half a dozen of his short story collections (he was truly a master of the form) and loved Farenheit 451. It's literature disguised as sci-fi. Think i'm going to spend some time with those short story collections over the next few days. Check out some stories i've yet to read.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:54 AM
Awesome writer. I thought he was already dead, but RIP anyway
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:19 PM
I am aware of most of his works, but the one story/film I know best and have seen is "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" from 1953. He did the "giant lizard sinking ships and trashing cities" act before Japan's own "Godzilla." And he helped inspire the monster B-movies of the 1950's. He apparently inspired Steven Spielberg, and most likely a lot more future filmmakers.

R.I.P., Ray.
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