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Subject: ARCHIVE: June 5, 2012 ~Ray Bradbury, famed science fiction novelist, wrote in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction, known for his iconic dystopian novel "Fahrenheit 451" (1953), and his sci-fi/horror-story collections, "The Martian Chronicles" (1950), among others, influencing generations of fantasy writer and filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, dies after lengthy illness, at age 91. ...


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 11:35:32am


Ray Bradbury
[ Ray Douglas Bradbury ]
(August 22, 1920 June 5, 2012)


American author and screenwriter, worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.

Predominantly known for writing the iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and I Sing the Body Electric (1969), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. While most of his best known work is in fantasy fiction, he also wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) and the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992).

Recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation, Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space. Many of his works were adapted to comic book, television, and film formats.

Upon his death in 2012, The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream".

Death
Bradbury died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness. Bradbury's personal library was willed to the Waukegan Public Library, where he had many of his formative reading experiences. The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream." The Los Angeles Times credited Bradbury with the ability "to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away, worlds he anchored in the here and now with a sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity". Bradbury's grandson, Danny Karapetian, said Bradbury's works had "influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories". The Washington Post noted several modern day technologies that Bradbury had envisioned much earlier in his writing, such as the idea of banking ATMs and earbuds and Bluetooth headsets from Fahrenheit 451, and the concepts of artificial intelligence within I Sing the Body Electric.

On June 6, 2012, in an official public statement from the White House Press Office, President Barack Obama said:

"For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury's death immediately brought to mind images from his work,
imprinted in our minds, often from a young age. His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.
But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change,
and an expression of our most cherished values. There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more
generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."


Numerous Bradbury fans paid tribute to the author, noting the influence of his works on their own careers and creations. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg stated that Bradbury was "[his] muse for the better part of [his] sci-fi career.... On the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal". Writer Neil Gaiman felt that "the landscape of the world we live in would have been diminished if we had not had him in our world". Author Stephen King released a statement on his website saying, "Ray Bradbury wrote three great novels and three hundred great stories. One of the latter was called 'A Sound of Thunder'. The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant's footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty."

Bradbury was buried at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery


Learn MORE on the iconic writer
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001969/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Bradbury
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/20679865/ray-bradbury

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Here is RARE early footage of Bradbury as contestant on Groucho's "You Bet Your Life"! ...SPOILER: He bottoms out in final question.Wednesday, June 05, 11:58:48pm


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