Very sad.....another loss of a childhood memory....
Science fiction author Ray Bradbury dies
BY JOHN ASBURY The Press Enterprise STAFF WRITER
Published: 06 June 2012 07:34 AM
Renowned science factor author Ray Bradbury, whose works include Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, died this morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 91, according to reports.
Mr. Bradbury’s grandson and his biographer confirmed the death to the science fiction blog, i09.com.
The literary legend is best known for his classic books, which pioneered the science fiction genre. Mr. Bradbury previously visited the Inland region, including a reading at the opening of the Temecula Library and during the 2008 Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UC Riverside, which holds the largest science fiction collection in the country.
UCR gave Mr. Bradbury the lifetime achievement award for his literary career. The theme of the conference was "Chronicling Mars," and it explored his classic, The Martian Chronicles.
Mr. Bradbury was a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to California with his family when he was 14. During a 2007 Temecula Reads! Event, Mr. Bradbury relayed how it cost him $9.80 to write the book on a rented typewriter in the basement of the UCLA library.
“I wrote my first story when I was 12 and have been doing it ever since,” the “Fahrenheit 451” author said to an overflow crowd. “My work in high school was dreadful and the day I graduated, I wept because I was nowhere as a writer and so afraid. But if you're not doing what you love, you're doing the wrong thing. I've not had one melancholy day or day of depression in my life.”