Ray Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles at the age of 91. He’s survived by four daughters and eight grandchildren.
Bradbury is without question one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and one of the true giants of the science fiction genre. He will be forever remembered in the same breath as greats like Verne, Wells, Asimov, and Heinlein.
As an author he’s probably best known for Fahrenheit 451, a book that’s now required reading in most high school English curriculums. Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 and it was his second novel.
He could have stopped there. Only a handful of writers have ever written or are capable of writing anything that significant. But Bradbury wrote 11 fictional novels over the course of his career, a dozen non-fiction books, and short stories beyond counting. His last novel, Farewell to Summer was published in 2006.
His stories alone would have cemented his legacy as one of the true literary giants but Bradbury did more, so much more. He remained active in the sci-fi community his entire life, appearing regularly at conventions and speaking engagements. He’s had numerous awards named after him and even an asteroid. Talk to any modern science fiction author and he’ll almost certainly admit that he was influenced by both Bradbury the man and his work.
Ray Bradbury will be missed, but his legacy is one that’s sure to stretch throughout the ages. He joins an elite pantheon of true science fiction greats.
There’s never been a better time to catch up on your Bradbury. Here’s a full list of his novels available now on Amazon. Where possible I’ve included a link to the Kindle version, for instant reading and appreciation; though Bradbury, who mistrusted the internet, probably wouldn’t approve…
The Martian Chronicles
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Halloween Tree
Death Is a Lonely Business
A Graveyard for Lunatics
From the Dust Returned
Let’s All Kill Constance