Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury dies
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Bradbury's most famous novels are(1950) and (1953), and a collection of short stories (1951), but he was also known for helping write the script for 's film adaptation of (1956), his works for the televised anthologies and and hosting a similar TV show later, , which included episodes based on his work.
In an interview, Bradbury said that he was "that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all."
He started as awriter for like many science fiction and fantasy writers in this period, and eventually compiled his first book: (1947), a short story collection. He wrote his two most famous novels at the beginning of the 1950s. A book editor suggested he use his stories about Martians to create a unified work in book form, and Bradbury turned the idea into his Martian Chronicles. He said he churned out Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter that he rented at the library for a dime every half hour at a total cost of US $9.80, which meant that it would have taken him exactly 49 hours to write the classic.
His book Fahrenheit 451 cut to the heart of book banning and burning in the twentieth century as it imagined a future in which books were outlawed and minds were controlled by the state through a TV-and-Internet-like technology. Austrian actor as the fireman Guy Montag and British actress as Clarisse. The dramatized the same book in 1982. Fahrenheit 451 was even adapted to an off-Broadway play. Bradbury said he did not like the similarity of 's title for the documentary , a film critical of the George W. Bush administration, to his novel about book burning.adapted Fahrenheit 451 into a and in English, which starred
The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man have been a staple of reading in. In an interview with Fox News in 2004, Bradbury talked about changes in reading that occurred in education since his generation of science fiction started their careers: "When I started writing that book [The Martian Chronicles] 53 years ago, science fiction was not being taught in the schools. Now every school in the country has a course in science fiction. So we have more power, more influence, more imagination than ever before. Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, The Martian Chronicles."
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The name of his playwas used as an honor when it was used to name a crater on the moon. An asteroid, known as , was named after him. At the turn of the century, his body of work was recognized with a from the committee in 2000, U.S. in 2004, and later a in 2007.
The author's grandson Danny Karapetian said, "His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."
- Becky Krystal. "Ray Bradbury dies: Science fiction author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘Martian Chronicles,’ was 91" — , June 6, 2012
- Associated Press. "‘Farenheit 451′ Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91" — , June 6, 2012
- "Ray Bradbury dies aged 91" — , June 6, 2012
- "An Interview With Sci-Fi Legend Ray Bradbury" — , November 23, 2004
- "Fahrenheit 451 (1966)" — , June 6, 2012 (date of access)