The writer Ray Bradbury has sadly passed away at the age of 91. Ryan salutes the author’s outstanding body of work.
We’re sad to report that the author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91. His best known works are perhaps Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but beginning with his first published story in 1938, he was among the most prolific and unique writers in modern American literature.
A true master of short fiction, Bradbury wrote in a range of genres, from sci-fi via fantasy to murder mystery – whatever the pigeonhole, his work was shot through with a glimmering thread of poetry.
Bradbury’s work has been adapted for television numerous times in anthology shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, while his novel Fahrenheit 451 was brought to the big screen by Francois Truffaut in 1966.
In 1953, Bradbury wrote the screenplay for the sci-fi classic, It Came From Outer Space, and also penned the script for John Huston’s 1956 film version of Moby Dick. His short story, The Fog Horn, was loosely adapted into The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and inarguably provided the template for Japan’s own beast from the depths, Godzilla.
Novels, short stories, critical essays, scripts or poetry – Bradbury has left behind a body of work which can only be described as extraordinary. It’s strange and sad to write about such an electrifying writer in the past tense, so I think it’s only right to let Bradbury himself have the last word. Here’s a passage from the introduction to volume one of his collected works, The Stories Of Ray Bradbury:
“I don’t know if I believe in past lives, I’m not sure I can live forever. But that young boy believed in both, and I have let him have his head. He has written my stories and books for me… I have trusted his passions, his fears, and his joys. He has, as a result, rarely failed me.”
Ryan Lambie, DenofGeek.com