Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

Writer Ray Bradbury sighted on May 29, 1986 at the Tiffany Theater in New York City. Ron Galella Collection

Ray Bradbury, one of the most iconic and influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, passed away Tuesday at age 91, the Associated Press reports.

The author's daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, told the AP that her father died Tuesday evening in Southern California. No additional details were provided.

Bradbury's most famous works include the dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 (imagining a future in which all books are burned) and The Martian Chronicles, a visionary work that has been published in more than 30 languages.

Although a stroke left Bradbury confined to a wheelchair in the last years of his life, he remained prolific — writing novels, plays, screenplays, poetry and more — and hit literary events in the Los Angeles area.

With works that also covered horror, mystery, humor and more, Bradbury penned the script to the 1956 film adaptation of Moby Dick, plus episodes of The Twilight Zone and his own TV show The Ray Bradbury Theater.

He received a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007 "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy." In 2000, he was honored with a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement.

"Everything I've done is a surprise, a wonderful surprise," Bradbury said during his acceptance speech. "I sometimes get up at night when I can't sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, 'My God, did I write that? Did I write that?', because it's still a surprise."

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