The author of Fahrenheit 451 and sci-fi genre master passes away at the age of 91
We’ve just got word that Ray Bradbury passed away this morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.Bradbury was a literary legend, best known as the author behind titles like Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man. In his lifetime, he was not only honoured to have the annual Ray Bradbury Awards named in his honour but also gave his name to an asteroid and even a crater on the moon.
Born in 1920, Bradbury was inspired at an early age by the writings of genre masters like Edgar Allen Poe and Edgar Rice Burroughs and spent much of his youth in libraries rather than attending formal college. It was in these places that he wrote many of his works, including The Martian Chronicles and the incredibly influential Fahrenheit 451 – which has has an influence on the depiction of dystopias ever since.
In addition to novels and short stories, Bradbury, like many of his genre-writer contemporaries, also was quick to embrace the burgeoning world of television. He wrote for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone in their early years, and made the transition to movies with 1953s It Came from Outer Space. Francois Truffaut brought his Fahrenheit 451 to life in 1966, with a still prescient tale of an oppressive government and one man who tries to fight back.Bradbury returned to TV in later life with his own Ray Bradbury Theatre and several shorts were adapted for the big screen, most recently 2005s A Sound of Thunder and the little seen Chrysalis in 2009.Bradbury has left an indelible mark on the development of genre writing and on the vividly drawn futures we’ve come to expect from sci-fi in films and TV. He will be missed.