Legendary Sci-Fi Author Ray Bradbury Passed Away Today at Age 91
"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder." These words were spoken by sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, and sadly, a little bit of wonder is gone from the universe today as io9 has learned that the iconic and influential writer passed away this morning at 91-years old in Los Angeles. Biographer Sam Weller confirmed his passing which will shake the world of sci-fi today. Bradbury's seminal work includes stories that have made it to the big screen like A Sound of Thunder, The Illustrated Man, It Came from Outer Space and, of course, Fahrenheit 451. And his legacy on TV was impressive, too.
Bradbury also found many of his stories worthy of "The Twilight Zone," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and had hundreds of novels, plays, screenplays, TV scripts and more published. Bradbury's grandson Danny Karapetian told io9 this morning:
"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."
He went on to mention a portion of the introduction to The Illustrated Man which has a section called Dancing, So As Not to be Dead and recalled one of his favorite bits of writing from his grandfather:
"My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M.
So as not to be dead."
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro also commented on Bradbury's passing to Vulture:
"I feel lonelier. The world is vast and barren: Bradbury was one of the titans of fantastic fiction and a unique voice in American literature. The lyricism of his prose influenced many generations across the globe. A humanist before anything else, Bradbury nurtured my youthful hopes, my flights of fancy. His soul was gentle but his imagination was fierce."
And DreamWorks also sent us a statement from Steven Spielberg:
"He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal."
Generations of writers, and plenty more to come, are grateful for his dedication to the craft of writing and the genre of science fiction. Bradbury was an iconic, legendary author whose work will last well past his lifetime in literature, TV, film and more. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. Rest in peace.