Ray Bradbury, 91 Obituaries

Ray Bradbury, Dead at 91

Ray Bradbury, 91, one of the most popular fantasy writers of the 20th century, died yesterday (June 5). He began writing for sci-fi andmystery magazines in the 1930s; his first short-story collection was published in 1947. Many of his works have been adapted for the movies and TV over the years: Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, I Sing the Body Electric, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, and others. Bradbury objected to being called a science-fiction writer: “I’ve only done one science fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, it’s fantasy.”—Eve Golden