Ray Bradbury Dead at 91

Author wrote seminal sci-fi works like Fahrenheit 451 , and The Martian Chronicles

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2012 9:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him," his grandson Danny Karapetian said. "He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. … He was the biggest kid I know."

Bradbury wrote a host of much-lauded books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked this Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man. Karapetian picked out a quote from that last one to remember him by: "My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 am. So as not to be dead."

Author Ray Bradbury attends the 14th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles on April 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on, Aug. 23, 2003, at The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera)
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