Pioneering sci-fi author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury passed away this morning in Southern California, at age 91.

Bradbury was responsible for writing numerous iconic literary titles, such as the dystopian tale Fahrenheit 451, the extraterrestrial drama Martian Chronicles, and the macabre fantasy story Something Wicked This Way Comes. Countless sci-fi/fantasy genre works by Bradbury have been adapted for both the small and big screen over the past sixty years.

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard Spaulding and Marie Bradbury. Although he spent the majority of his high school years planning to become an actor, Ray Bradbury took to writing upon his graduation, supporting his ambition by selling newspapers for nearly four years. Those efforts paid off when Ray landed his first paid writing effort in 1941, with the short story “Pendulum” for the magazine Super Science Stories.

After publishing “Dark Carnival” in 1947, Bradbury went on to create another short story collection – titled, ‘The Martian Chronicles.” The rest from thereon out (as they say) is history, as numerous TV series adaptations of the author’s original work were produced over the subsequent decades (and are still being made today). Bradbury also found work as a screenwriter during that time; his creations include the 1956 film version of Moby Dick, a handful of episodes for the show Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Ray Bradbury Theater TV series, which ran from 1985-92.

A scene from the ‘Fahrenheit 451′ film adaptation

The most widely-known of Bradbury’s novels to date remains Fahrenheit 451, the story of a future where society has outlawed literature – going so far as to recruit “firemen” with the task of destroying every book in existence. French New Wave filmmaker Francois Truffaut (The 400 Blows) adapted Fahrenheit 451 for the big screen back in 1966, but a contemporary re-interpretation/remake has long been rumored, especially given the story’s continued (increased?) relevance in the present.

Long revered for his imaginative stories and often prescient nature of his sci-fi litearature, Bradbury leaves behind an impressive legacy of work – for which he received such honors as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy Award, the National Medal of Arts, a special citation from the Pulitzer Board, and a sci-fi writing award named after him (among several other recognitions), over the course of his illustrious career.

Screen Rant would like to express our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Ray Bradbury in this difficult time.

R.I.P. Ray Douglas Bradbury: August 22nd, 1920 – June 6th, 2012.