Iconic author Ray Bradbury has died age 91. The literary world has lost a legendary figure. Bradbury got world recognition in 1950 with The Martian Chronicles, a series of intertwined stories that satirized capitalism, racism and superpower tensions through stories of Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization.
Bradbury also foretold of Books being banned in the iconic novel Fahrenheit 451 (the temperature at which books could be burned) and the only book that he felt was science fiction.
Ray Bradbury also wrote the brilliant Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine (short story collection). He wrote a great many books, a lot of which were adapted for film and television. He also wrote screenplays. From 1985 – 1992 Bradbury hosted an syndicated television program called The Ray Bradbury theatre.
Bradbury also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the Motion Picture Industry.
I firmly believe that Ray Bradbury was one of the most influential writers in America. This wonderfully talented man who could transport you so effortlessly into the worlds he created. I have read most of his books, watched The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and watched most of the film adaptations of his books. Bradbury never disappointed.
He won many awards during his lifetime and one award, The Ray Bradbury Award, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for screenwriting, was named in Bradbury’s honor.
I did not know Mr Bradbury personally, but I did know his work. My eternal favourite will always be the story of Jim and Will and their fantastic and scary coming of age journey. I also felt great pride when Will’s father makes what could be the ultimate sacrifice at the end of the book.
So long Ray Bradbury, you brought a lot to the party. You will be remembered as long as people can read and appreciate a great story. You have through your words and tales become immortal. So even though you have passed into another plane of existence your talent will live on in your books.