Something Sad This Way Comes: Ray Bradbury Dies at 91. For Generations, His Influence on Fantasy and Science-Fiction Was Huge

Jun 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

One of the masters of science-fiction, writer Ray Bradbury, died Tuesday night in California, USA Today reports. Bradbury’s daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, confirmed his death. Ray Bradbury was 91.

“Although slowed in recent years by a stroke that meant he had to use a wheelchair, Bradbury remained active into his 90s, turning out new novels, plays, screenplays and a volume of poetry,” the story reports. “He wrote every day in the basement office of his Cheviot Hills home and appeared from time to time at bookstores, public library fundraisers and other literary events around Los Angeles.”

Bradbury, known for seminal science-fiction works including “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Fahrenheit 451,” wrote for a number of television productions, including “The Ray Bradbury Theater” in the 1980s and early 1990s. His writings were adapted for the big screen many times, starting with “It Came From Outer Space” in 1953.

Bradbury, born in Illinois, moved to Los Angeles when he was 13 years old, and stayed here. He never got a driver’s license, and for years was afraid to fly in an airplane.

His work was seen in major TV series including “The Twilight Zone,” which adapted his short story “I Sing the Body Electric,” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” which based several episodes on Bradbury’s stories. His writing was also featured in early TV shows such as “Tales of Tomorrow,” “Fireside Theatre” and “Studio 57.”

On the feature film side he co-wrote the screenplay for "Moby Dick," the 1956 film starring Gregory Peck and directed by John Huston. Other films based on Bradbury’s work include "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), directed by Francois Truffaut; "The Illustrated Man" (1969), starring Rod Steiger; and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983), with Jason Robards.

Bradbury’s "The Martian Chronicles" was turned into a three-part NBC miniseries in 1980, with Rock Hudson starring.

USA Today reports: “His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans.”

In a 2009 interview, Bradbury said: "What I have always been is a hybrid author. I am completely in love with movies, and I am completely in love with theater, and I am completely in love with libraries."


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