Ray Bradbury Passes Away at Age 91

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 12:26 pm,

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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.

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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.

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  1. Yall forgot his story that Ray Harryhausen, a great friend of his, made – The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. Bradbury was an awesome guy, may he rest in peace.

  2. A collection of Ray Bradbury stories was probably the most dissappointing X-mas present for me one year, that turned into the most treasured and memorable one. It wasn’t what I wanted at the time. I don’t even remember what it was I wanted. But I remember resentfully reading the first story “Fever Dream,” not really understanding it, but being intrigued and creeped out. Or was it a story about a walk to get ice cream that was creepy but nothing happened. Anyway, I read all of them and loved them.

  3. My favorite author. I was fortunate enough to live in L.A. and see him at performances of his plays in recent years. He was still active right up to his death. He said he wrote every morning, no matter what.

  4. “given the story’s continued (increased?) relevance in the present.”

    Today, the firemen would go around with magnets, and scramble hard drives and mp3 players.
    It would be called OERSTED 851.
    Those media could contain Ray Bradbury stories.
    Once, they were only books.


  5. One of my childhood idols who I’ve aspired to be like one day. I’d dedicate my work in written fiction to Mr. Bradbury.

    RIP Ray Bradbury, you’ll be missed

  6. Truly, a sad day…except for the immortality he achieved through his brilliance and foresight.


  7. His work was some of my earliest exposure to science-fiction, without him, the world of literature will be a little bit darker as the light of reading dims.

  8. A part of me went with him. Rest in peace Mr Bradbury. The last of the true giants of science fiction, despite writing material that defied that sometimes narrow category and centred on simple human responses to the extraordinary and unfathomable. We’ll never see his like again.

  9. I had the good fortune of attending a panel at ComicCon with Mr. Bradbury and his friend, Ray Harryhausen, a few years ago. To say they were some of the most engaging, entertaining gentlemen there would be an understatement. A profound loss…