6/07/2012

Ray Bradbury dies aged 91


Fantasy and science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, who wrote classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, has died at his home in Los Angeles, reports suggest.

His daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, says her father, who received the U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004, passed away in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday night at the age of 91.
Bradbury was born in Illinois in 1920, a direct descendant of Mary Bradbury, one of those hanged as a witch in the Salem with trials in Massachusetts in 1692. He began writing short stories in his teens, and his first, Hollerbochen's Dilemma, was published in 1938.

He went on to write over 400 short stories and novelettes, many of which were included various collections released from the 1950s to the present day. He also wrote plays, screenplays, children's literature and essays on art and culture.
However, Bradbury will probably be best remembered for his novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), a dystopian, science-fiction influenced novel which imagined a world where books are outlawed.
The novel was made into a film (1966) – directed by Fran├žois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie – as well as a BBC Radio dramatisation (1982) and off-broadway show (2008). It also heavily influenced Kurt Wimmer's 2002 film Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale.

The Martian Chronicles (1950), a collection of science fiction short stories which imagined Mars being colonised by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth.  (Telegraph.co.uk)

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