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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

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Some sad news this morning as legendary author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91, according to the LA Times. He died last night in Souther California according to his daughter. He was often credited with “legitimizing” the science fiction genre with books like “Farenheit 451″, “The Martian Chronicles” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.

Per the LA Times, “Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91… he was author of more than 27 novels and story collections and more than 600 short stories. Some say he singlehandedly helped to move the genre [of science fiction] into the realm of literature… Ray Douglas Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Ill., to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and the former Esther Marie Moberg. As a child he soaked up the ambiance of small-town life — wraparound porches, fireflies and the soft, golden light of late afternoon — that would later become a hallmark of much of his fiction.

In honor of his passing, what is your favorite Ray Bradbury piece?

Source: LA Times
  • Lauren Taylor

    Totally sucks. Loved A Sound of Thunder when I read it as a kid. Too bad the movie blew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.macwilliam Brandon Macwilliam

    Defftly the Halloween tree, one of the most underrated of his books

  • Rae1031

    ah shit :( Fahrenheit 451 was one of my all time favs and ray bradbury theater :(

  • IceNiner

    One of the last Grandmasters has gone and its a shame that people today are too stupid to have recognized the prophetic warnings in many of Bradbury’s works (Fahrenheit 451, A piece of wood, There will come soft rains, etc.) along with most being too dumb to appreciate the poetry and expert turn of phrase from his other works (The Veldt, Martian Chronicles, Illustrated Man, etc.) Plus he was the only celebrity I’ve ever met who was a genuine person and not a plastic shell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.macwilliam Brandon Macwilliam

    Halloween tree all the way , no book slash cartoon movie every got me more excited for Halloween .

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.hamline Jared Hamline

    Ray Bradbury influenced me more than any writer. The man had every right to be stuck up from all the fantastic works he’s done. But, he wasn’t. He loved to meet all of his fans and even went to every Comic Con. If I could pick just one book, I would have to go with “The October Country”. Stories of horror and dark fantasy and even some wonderful poetry and humor. If you haven’t read it, please please do.

  • MaxTorque

    “The Jar”, one of my favorite short stories of all time.

  • Lonmonster

    Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes are two incredible stories. He’s a brilliant mind.

  • John Marrone

    Of all the books I had to read thru high school and college, Bradbury’s etched a niche in my imagination like no other for somereason. F451 and Martian Chronicles (especially) were a couple of the best “library” books I ever read. Shame – I didn’t even know he was still alive. R.I.P.