Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Death is a Lonely Business, Dandelion Wine, and The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bradbury’s daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California. She did not provide further details. Bradbury had previously suffered a stroke and used a wheelchair for mobility.
While the author was generally considered a science fiction writer, his writing actually ran the gamut from horror to humor. In describing The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury said it was “not science fiction, it’s fantasy. It couldn’t happen, you see? That’s the reason it’s going to be around a long time—because it’s a Greek myth, and myths have staying power.”
His career began in 1938 when he began publishing science fiction stories in fanzines. This first published work was “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma,” in the sci-fi magazine Imagination! He went on to gain such great fame that he has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had a crater on the moon named after his book Dandelion Wine, and astroid named after him, 9766 Bradbury, in one numerous literary awards. In 2004 Pres. George W. Bush awarded Bradbury the National Medal of Arts.
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