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jaxnsmom | 8271 comments Ray Bradbury's books played a large part in my love of books as a teen. I believe I've read almost everything he's written. A lot of his books are some of the scariest because of their themes - Fahrenheit 451 immediately comes to mind. Bradbury is responsible for my interest in scifi, and for that I thank him.

From msn:

Iconic science fiction writer Ray Bradbury dies at 91
Author’s stories of nuclear fears and totalitarian regimes set a science fiction standard

Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Tuesday night in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed the death of the legendary science fiction writer to the Associated Press Wednesday morning.

Bradbury began his career writing science fiction for fanzines in 1938 and became a full-time writer in 1943. His major breakthrough as a science fiction writer was the publishing of “The Martian Chronicles” in 1950. The story of the effects of man’s attempt to colonize Mars after a massive nuclear war on Earth, the book reflected the anxieties over nuclear war in the 1950s and the fear of foreign powers.

Perhaps his best-known book is “Fahrenheit 451,” which was released in 1953 and tells the story of a professional book-burner who works under a totalitarian government that has outlawed the written word. The main character, Montag, flees for his life after he starts stealing books meant to be burned and falls under the tutelage of a professor out to educate him.

While Bradbury's books often focused on his vision of the future, he scorned modern technologies such as video games, ATMs and the Internet, the last of which he considered a scam to enrich computer companies.

Several of the author's works became movies or television shows, including the movie version of his novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Versions of Bradbury’s stories appeared on episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone,” and he also had his own cable series, “Ray Bradbury Theater,” that ran from 1986-1992.

Among the awards Bradbury won during his career, he received the O. Henry Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. His work also appeared three times in the Best American Short Stories collections.

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Janice (jamasc) | 47911 comments I remember watching one of his stories on TV (don't remember the name) about a man who had a breakdown because he couldn't get away from phones, faxes, etc. That was before cell phones. The story was prophetic about the need of society to be in constant contact with each other.

Fahrenheit 451 was one of my favorite stories.

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Terri (terrilovescrows) | 34 comments I have to say that his story 'A Distant Sound of Thunder' was oen of the most thought-provoking stories I ever read.

message 4: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly | 2033 comments A sad day, I personally wasn't a fan of his but his books and stories got so many people into reading I have to respect him for that.

message 5: by Debra (new)

Debra (debra_t) | 6542 comments He lived a long and fruitful life. Sad to hear of his passing. I loved Something Wicked This Way Comes and will be reading The Illustrated Man for the June Toppler.

message 6: by Almeta (last edited Jun 07, 2012 04:06PM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10086 comments I'm not a big SciFi reader, but he could always keep me interested. Very important man for the genre.

I currently have Something Wicked This Way Comes borrowed from the library and the movie in queue from Netflix.

Fahrenheit 451 is a "must read" for book lovers!

message 7: by Debra (new)

Debra (debra_t) | 6542 comments Ooooo! I want to watch that movie with you. Never seen it!

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Debra (debra_t) | 6542 comments From King's official site:

"Ray Bradbury wrote three great novels and three hundred great stories. One of the latter was called 'A Sound of Thunder.' The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant's footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty."

Stephen King

message 9: by jaxnsmom (new)

jaxnsmom | 8271 comments Nice!

@Debra - ya'll should watch "Farenheit 451" too.

message 10: by Debra (new)

Debra (debra_t) | 6542 comments I think I saw the movie many moons ago. Time to see it again!

message 11: by Alli (new)

Alli The Book Giraffe (allithebookgiraffe) I know I've read the pedestrian by him and there is another one or maybe two ive read but i cannot think of what they are.

message 12: by Almeta (last edited Jul 16, 2012 01:22PM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10086 comments Just finished Something Wicked This Way Comes Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury .

Good Stuff.

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