R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

06 World Fantasy Con III 1977 Ray Bradbury Signing Next to Robert Bloch

Ray Bradbury, author of classic works of fiction such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man, died this morning in Los Angeles.
His grandson, Danny Karapetian, shared these words with io9 about his grandfather's passing: "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, 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."

Bradbury was 91. Link -via Metafilter

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And again I get news like this first on my 'phone' which pops up with news alerts. He was one of the first authors I actively seeked all his work and his stories still live in me twenty-five years later. I'll be re-reading the Illustrated Man today.
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When I was a kid, nothing was as good as a collection of Ray Bradbury stories. The Jar, The Skeleton, The Veldt, The Sound of Thunder...just a few of my favorites off the top of my head.
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