Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Memoriam: Ray Bradbury

Author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91. Author of Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The Martian Chronicles (1950), and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated among 20th century American writers of speculative fiction and was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.  A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Bradbury lived in California where he died June 5.

We’ve been told as a teenager John read a lot of science fiction, with Bradbury being a particular favorite. Bellairs even assigned Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles to one of his classes at the all-girls college in Winona. We can only imagine how that turned out.

Also, to our knowledge, none of his works ever mentioned prunes.

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