Obituary & wiki biography of Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction writer

After a prolonged illness, the noted science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away earlier this week on June 5. In this obituary and wiki biography of Ray Bradbury, we speculated over the life and works of this outstanding genius.

Ray Bradbury, a science fiction writer who hardly needs any introduction to sci-fi readers, passed away on June 5, 2012, after a prolonged illness. The age of Ray Bradbury at the time of his demise was 91 years. Throughout his career that existed over a span of nearly seventy years, he inspired a plethora of science fiction readers to delve into the depths of imagination and creativity. Let us take a look at this wiki biography of Ray Bradbury, including his literary career, major works, as well as honors and awards.

The Works of Ray Bradbury: A literary career that inspired many

A prolific author, the complete works of Ray Bradbury include about fifty novels, hundreds of short stories, and lots of poems. He was also a noted creator of plays, teleplays, essays, operas and many other things his superhuman talent led him to write. I still wonder what a loss to literature his death has caused. Some of the famous books by Ray Bradbury include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He also penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Moby Dick by John Houston, which nominated him for the Academy Award. Later, sixty five of the short stories of Ray Bradbury were adapted for the television program, The Ray Bradbury Theater. He also received an Emmy for The Halloween Tree, a teleplay.

Ray Bradbury, noted science fiction writer, author of Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451, however, is often considered the best novel of Ray Bradbury, his magnum opus. Published in 1953, it is a dystopian fiction plotted around a society that have banished, outlawed and burnt the books (I feel the plot has a subconscious shadow of Plato’s plan of banishing poets from his ideal Republic). In this work, he also speculated on how television is increasingly spoiling people’s interest of reading books (I wonder he would definitely add internet to the list, had he been writing it in 2012). In a much quoted interview, he reflected that "Television gives you the dates of Napoleon, but not who he was."

In 2005, Bradbury came up with an autobiographical miscellany of essays under the title Bradbury Speaks where he speculated on his writing experiences throughout his life, and reflected how writing and creativity had always kept him a happy person. Quoted below is a much cited piece from Bradbury Speaks:

In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.

Here is a comprehensive list of books by Ray Bradbury you can consider browsing.

The family of Ray Bradbury

The wife of Ray Bradbury was Marguerite, who passed away in 2005 after spending a long span of 57 years of happy married life with her husband. The Bradbury couple is survived by four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury. The veteran science fiction writer also had eight grandchildren from her three elder daughters, while Alexandra was yet to tie the nuptial bond.

Where to read Ray Bradbury’s books online for free?

None of the books by Ray Bradbury were available to read online for free, until yesterday. On June 6, 2012, to pay homage to the veteran writer after his death, The New Yorker announced that they have given free access to read Bradbury’s short stories online. Two of his works are now available to read online for free that appeared in The New Yorker, including a short story called I See You Never (published in 1947) and an essay entitled Take Me Home (published just last week, in early June 2012), the science fiction issue of the above mentioned magazine.

May the soul of this outstanding genius rest in peace!


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