Acclaimed science fiction author, Ray Bradbury died on June 6, 2012, at 91 years old. Bradbury had a long writing career that began in pulp fiction magazines in the 1940s and spanned the imagination of the 20th Century. He was a very prolific writer having created some 500 works, including short stories, poetry, plays, and screen plays. His work introduced us to amazing “futurescapes” and warned of evils of censorship and totalitarian governments.
His most famous work, Fahrenheit 451, a staple in freshmen English class, was made into a film by Francois Truffaut. Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit on a rented typewriter in the UCLA library and published it in 1953. The title refers to the temperature at which paper combusts and tells of a dystopian future where “firemen” seek and destroy books. In it he predicted interactive televisions the size of walls, personal communications devices, and ubiquitous advertising.
For all his groundbreaking sci-fi credibility, Bradbury was strangely anti-technology. He believed that the internet was a scam, never learned how to drive, and had a disdain for automatic teller machines and video games. Regardless, his skill and imagination as a writer inspired many of the creative titans of the latter 20th century, including Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
Bradbury is survived by four daughters and eight grandchildren.
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