Rest in Peace: Ray Bradbury

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Rest in Peace: Ray BradburyIt’s always hard to say goodbye to a legend, but in this case we don’t really have to because his legacy lives on. If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the genius work of author Ray Bradbury will be enjoyed, dissected, and studied for generations to come.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury was author of more than 27 novels and story collections and more than 600 short stories. Some say he single-handedly helped to move the genre [of science fiction] into the realm of literature.

I’m not a science fiction writer,” he was frequently quoted as saying. “I’ve written only one book of science fiction [Fahrenheit 451]. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and the former Esther Marie Moberg. As a child he soaked up the ambiance of small-town life — wraparound porches, fireflies, and the soft, golden light of late afternoon — that would later become a hallmark of much of his fiction.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to the man’s many friends, his family, and constituents. You’ll be cherished for light years to come, kind sir. Bravo.

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