06 Jun 2012
Ray Bradbury, who has wrote books ranging from science fiction to mystery and humor, has died at 91. Shown here at a 1997 book signing. (CREDIT: Steve Castillo, AP)

Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and many more classic novels has died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  Ray Bradbury's work inspired millions ranging from artists to film over the years.

His grandson, Danny Karapetian shared thoughts on his passing:

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."

Ray Bradbury was frequently credited with elevating the status of science fiction at times.  Some will even argue that his work helped move the genre of science fiction into the area of literature.  Bradbury often disliked being pigeon-holed into the category of science fiction.  He was quoted as saying, "I'm not a science fiction writer.  I've written only one book of science fiction ["Fahrenheit 451"].  All the others are fantasy.  Fantasies are things that can't happen and science fiction is about things that can happen."

Source:  i09


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