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Ray Bradbury, America’s preeminent science fiction writer, dies at 91

Ray Bradbury in 1972.
Ray Bradbury in 1972.
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Ray Bradbury, the author whose imagination was even bigger than the interstellar space where the stories he wrote on his trusty typewriter took place, has died at 91.

Some of his most famous books, like “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles” were cautionary tales of the danger of technological progress and earned him the moniker of a science fiction author. But it was his humanistic side that endeared millions of readers to his stories. Bradbury extolled the virtues of love and human interaction… and the sacred idea that imagination and love are what make the world go around. Born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a boy and he spent the rest of his life in California.

Although so many of his stories involved rockets and fantasy, he eschewed much technology, and never used a computer or drove a car. He continued to write until the time of his death and truly embodied one of his famous quotes, “Jump, and build your wings on the way down.”


What are your favorite Ray Bradbury stories? How can one man’s imagination be large enough to inspire generations?

Christmas Greeting sent to Patt Morrison from Ray Bradbury


Marc Zicree, writer, producer, director; author, “The Twilight Zone Companion;” writer, “Star Trek – The Next Generation,” “Deep Space 9;” collaborated with Ray Bradbury

Lissa Reynolds, artistic director, Fremont Centre Theatre, South Pasadena