Ray Bradbury, author of “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “The Martian Chronicles” and more, died today at the age of 91.
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His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans. Bradbury also scripted John Huston’s 1956 film version of “Moby Dick” and wrote for “The Twilight Zone” and other television programs, including “The Ray Bradbury Theater,” for which he adapted dozens of his works.
“What I have always been is a hybrid author,” Bradbury said in 2009. “I am completely in love with movies, and I am completely in love with theater, and I am completely in love with libraries.”
Bradbury broke through in 1950 with “The Martian Chronicles,” a series of intertwined stories that satirized capitalism, racism and superpower tensions as it portrayed Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization.
In 2004, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush presented Bradbury with the National Medal of Arts.
Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles” are all trending on Twitter this morning, as users are remembering the literary giant. Many are honoring him with his own quotes.
Indeed. What an amazing legacy.
Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury. Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.