Sci-fi King Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

By Tim Surette

Jun 06, 2012

Author Ray Bradbury, the man behind the science-fiction staples The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, passed yesterday at the age of 91 in California. His influence on and contribution to the sci-fi genre is immeasurable.

Though he'll forever be known for his literary accomplishments, Bradbury's work could be seen all over television. He wrote for both The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and several of his works have been adapted for small screen. He was also the host and heart of The Ray Bradbury Theater, an anthology series for which he wrote all 65 existing episodes, many of which were adaptations of his multitude of short stories.

Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury. Science-fiction wouldn't be the same without you.

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  • antmorris3511 Sep 11, 2014

    He was one of the greats of modern sci-fi back when originality was en vogue.

  • jaroman382 Jun 07, 2012

    Drastically overrated. He also considered TV as leading to the downfall of civilization, so a tribute to him on is quite ironic.

  • goldtop2007 Jun 07, 2012

    R.I.P Mr Bradbury, you are an inspiration!

  • Gislef Jun 07, 2012

    ALL of Ray's episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theater were adaptations of his works. What else would they be? :) Heck, sometimes he'd merge two stories into one. Gotcha! was a combination of Gotcha! and The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair. Marionettes Inc. was a combination of that story and some bits of I Sing the Body Electric. Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't one of his better episodes, though. Best episodes: A Sound of Thunder, Hail and Farewell, On the Chicago Abyss, Usher II, The Crowd, On the Orient North, The Coffin, and The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone. And to end with one of his narrations: "When I was 12, I met a magician, Harry Blackstone, who told me to live forever. I decided I could." He'll live with us always. God bless, Ray.

  • sandorxian Jun 07, 2012

    Here is one of the most hilarious tributes to him made last year. One that Mr Bradbury himself actually liked, and he also met Rachel Bloom after it was made. He obviously appreciated the humour involved.

    RIP Ray.

  • AllieAllie Jun 07, 2012

    Loved your books, RIP Ray

  • pcsjunior002 Jun 07, 2012

    Definitely going to be missed. Love his stuff.

  • efonsecajr Staff Jun 07, 2012

    The Twilight Zone marathons as a kid, the Alfred Hitchcock Presents marathons in class. Thank you Ray. RIP.

  • Maximum_Taco Jun 07, 2012

    The Sci-fi community is so much poorer today with this loss.

    RIP Ray. Thanks for all you've done for one of my favourite book genres.