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Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury dies aged 91

Other News Materials 6 June 2012 21:02 (UTC +04:00)
Sci-fi novelist Ray Bradbury, whose legendary books Fahrenheit 451 and Martian Chronicles helped define the genre in the mid-20th century, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday, dpa reported.
Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury dies aged 91

Sci-fi novelist Ray Bradbury, whose legendary books Fahrenheit 451 and Martian Chronicles helped define the genre in the mid-20th century, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday, dpa reported.

The celebrated writer died late Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, the publisher said.

"In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create," the statement said.

"A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time."

The recipient of a 2004 National Medal of the Arts Bradbury was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of John Huston's 1956 adaptation of the classic Moby Dick.

Born in Illinois in 1920, Bradbury was interested in science fiction even as a child and wrote a sequel to a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs at the age of 12.

Bradbury published his first work, Pendulum, in a sci-fi magazine in 1941, and became well-known in 1950 with the publication of the Martian Chronicles. Fahrenheit 451, about a future society where books are banned, was published in 1953.

Bradbury was married to Marguerite McClure for 57 years until her death in 2003 and is survived by their four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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