On June 5, 2012, author Ray Bradbury passed away at 91 years of age. He is known for such classics as Farenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles. He also wrote numerous articles and gave speeches to enthralled audiences who eagerly sought his perspective.
His ability to draw you into his world was made irresistible, thanks to his deep and identifiable characters. His plots where often broad-sweeping epics that encompassed entire worlds. Many of his works featured a chilling vision of a disenfranchised and oppressed people, offering new perspectives on the human condition and society as a whole.
As he once said, “I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
It’s hard to imagine what modern science fiction would look like without the brave new ideas Mr. Bradbury introduced to us.
He is survived by his four daughters and eight grandchildren.
The official Obituary at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries
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