Famed sci-fi author Ray Bradbury has died in California at the age of 91.
Bradbury penned 600 short stories, 30 novels and various plays and screenplays over the course of his life. One such film script was John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Melville’s “Moby Dick”.
His most famous work however was the dystopian tale “Fahrenheit 451” about a book burner in a repressive futuristic state. That novel has since became a cornerstone of all sci-fi literature and inspired the François Truffaut 1966 film adaptation.
Other classic works include “The Martian Chronicles,” “Dandelion Wine,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “A Sound of Thunder”.
Bradbury is survived by four daughters.
Every year I would see Ray Bradbury at comic con. While the geek in me was always enthusiastic to see and meet such an influential author, I always felt bad because he seemed a little out of it. But now I understand that he was there because he loved it and he wanted to be surrounded by the fans with whom he loved so much. Fahrenheit 451 was one of my favorite books growing up, even to the point that I saw the unofficial homage film Equilibrium. He will always be one of my heroes and favorite authors and I am sad to see him go.