Ray Bradbury, the legendary science fiction writer known for landmark novels including Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91, the Associated Press confirms this morning.
His grandson, Danny Karapetian, tells the blog io9, “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.”
Bradbury’s books, particularly the Martian Chronicles, served as an introduction to science fiction for many of us. Like many people, I read his books in high school, but I rediscovered the Martian Chronicles as an adult in part because the audio version of the book — read by Bradbury himself — was so entertaining and engaging, a reflection of his personality.
My Xbox Live gamertag is Nathaniel York, after the first astronaut to arrive on Mars in the book, who is killed immediately after stepping foot on the planet (my own personal inside joke about my Halo “skills”).
How did Ray Bradbury impact your life? Share your thoughts and remembrances of Bradbury and his work below, and I’ll add links to more pieces about him as they’re published.
- NYT: Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91
- LA Times: Author Ray Bradbury dies at 91
- Boing Boing: RIP, Ray Bradbury
- Engadget: Ray Bradbury dies at 91, our world is that much poorer
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