Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and over 500 other short stories, novels, poems, plays, and screenplays, passed away on June 5th at the age of 91.
Bradbury was a science fiction pioneer, often credited with bringing the genre into the mainstream. Few managed to escape high school without reading at least one of his works. His works often delved into fantasy, horror, mystery, and gothic topics that were able to capture the imagination of readers young and old, and has inspired generations of artists and dreamers. He began his legendary career writing for pulp magazines, though he is probably best known for his collections of short stories.
Ray Bradbury has received numerous awards for his writing including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Medal of Arts Award, and he made an impact in space with an asteroid named after him and a crater on the moon named in honor of Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was a prolific writer whose works will continue to inspire and change the way his readers view the world.