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Ray Bradbury dies at 91

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Author Ray Bradbury takes a break from signing his new book "Quicker Than The Eye", Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997 in Cupertino, Calif.

Ray Bradbury has died at 91 after a lengthy career of writing everything from science fiction and mystery to humor. The death was first reported by io9 Wednesday morning.

Reached at Bradbury's Southern California home, his daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, says her father died Tuesday night in Southern California. She did not have additional details.

Bradbury transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and his vision of a high-tech, book-burning future in "Fahrenheit 451." He talks about how he came up with the idea in an April 2002 interview with KPCC's Kitty Felde:

He also scripted the 1956 film version of "Moby Dick" and wrote for "The Twilight Zone."

Bradbury's series of stories in "The Martian Chronicles" was a Cold War morality tale in which events on another planet served as a commentary on life on this planet. It has been published in more than 30 languages.

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Tune into The Madeleine Brand Show at 9 a.m., when book critic David Kipen discusses the deceased writer and his legacy.

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