"No less a critic than C. S. Lewis has described the ravenous addiction that these magazines inspired; the same phenomenon has led me to call science fiction the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug." Arthur C. Clarke

R.I.P Ray Bradbury

Beloved science fiction author Ray Bradbury died last night at the age of 91.  Bradbury is most famous for his novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), one of the seminal works of the science fiction genre.

Photo of Ray Bradbury.

Photo of Ray Bradbury. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Times obituary says that Bradbury sold over 8 million books in 36 languages.  His other well-known works include The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and The Illustrated Man.

Awards Bradbury received include the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, an Emmy, the World Fantasy Award life achievement, is a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, an SF Hall of Fame Living Inductee, received the Prometheus Award, and also received a special citation from The Pulitzer Board as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In his honor have been named an asteroid, an award for science fiction, a crater on the Moon, and a park in Waukegan, Illinois, his birthplace.

Bradbury published his first story in 1938, started to write full-time in 1942 and, as he said, wrote every day from that day until his death.  He should be an example for all of us young writers to work hard and persevere.

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