Ray Bradbury dead at 91

by Tony

Ray Bradbury, the legendary science fiction author best known for “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Illustrated Man,” and “The Martian Chronicles,” has died. He was 91.

His death was first reported by the sci-fi blog i09, and later confirmed by Bradbury’s family and publisher. His exact cause of death is unknown; a statement from HarperCollins only said that Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness."

Over the course of his 70-year career, Bradbury’s poetic depictions of life in the future went on to influence film, television and eventually our world. “Fahrenheit 451” alone depicts a media-obsessed world filled with screens that constantly show context-free violence and gossip. Bradbury never sought to predict the future, but it’s a testament to his talent that readers still wrestle with his questions about the destructive nature of technology today.

Since his death, countless tributes to Bradbury have popped up all over the web. Check some of them out and stream local rapper Sims’ track “The Veldt” from last years “Bad Time Zoo,” which takes inspiration from the Bradbury short story.