Death: June 5, 2012.
Comments: Ray Bradbury is, quite simply, one of the most significant science fiction writers of the twentieth century. Actually, he is one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century. Bradbury's stories ranged through numerous genres, although he mostly concentrated on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. As a writer he was heavily influenced by Edgar Allen Poe, but his upbringing in a small town in Illinois clearly colors most of his stories. His writing was distinctly American - the America of small towns, lazy summers, and fishing in a stream in your bare feet. Bradbury's fiction is a must read for any science fiction, fantasy, or horror fan.
Bradbury wrote reams of short stories and several novels. His most famous novel is probably Fahrenheit 451, a look into a dystopian future in which books are banned. The book is on many high school reading lists, has been made into a feature movie, and was awarded a Prometheus Award. Many other Bradbury works have also been translated to the screen, with varying degrees of success.
Bradbury's awards are too numerous to mention. He won an Emmy for his screenplay adaptation of Halloween Tree, and he was given a World Fantasy lifetime achievement award, a Bram Stoker lifetime achievement award, and was named a grand master by both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame as a living member, and the SFWA award for screenwriting is named the Ray Bradbury Award. In 2010, comedienne and Ray Bradbury fan Rachel Bloom made a music video titled Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, in which she humorously declared her sexual availability for the then 90 year old author, which I would rank as the highest possible honor a writer could receive.
Bradbury has an official website dedicated to his honor named simply Ray Bradbury.
My reviews of Ray Bradbury's books:
Other books by Ray Bradbury that I have read but not reviewed:
The Martian Chronicles
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Twice 22: The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Medicine for Melancholy
Short fiction by Ray Bradbury appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Mars Is Heaven! found in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume I, 1929-1964
Second Homecoming found in Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Tomorrow and Tomorrow found in Time Untamed
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury by Rachel Bloom
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