Thursday 22 February 2018

Master of science-fiction genre Ray Bradbury dies at 91

John Rogers in Los Angeles

RAY Bradbury, pictured, the science fiction master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters and the hi-tech, book-burning future of 'Fahrenheit 451,' has died. He was 91.

Mr Bradbury died on Tuesday night, his daughter Alexandra said yesterday. She did not have additional details.

Although slowed in recent years by a stroke that meant he had to use a wheelchair, Mr Bradbury remained active, turning out new novels, plays, screenplays and a volume of poetry, appearing occasionally at literary events around LA.

His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humour and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans. Mr Bradbury also wrote John Huston's 1956 film version of 'Moby Dick' and wrote for 'The Twilight Zone' and other television programmes.

He broke through in 1950 with 'The Martian Chronicles,' a series of tales satirising capitalism, racism and superpower tensions. In 2007, he received a Pulitzer Prize citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy".

Seven years earlier, he got an honorary National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement.


Other honours included an Academy Award nomination for an animated film, 'Icarus Montgolfier Wright,' and an Emmy for 'The Halloween Tree'.

His fame even extended to the moon, where Apollo astronauts named a crater 'Dandelion Crater,' in honour of 'Dandelion Wine,' his beloved coming-of-age novel, and an asteroid was named 9766 Bradbury.

He is survived by his four daughters. Marguerite Bradbury, his wife of 56 years, died in 2003.

Irish Independent

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