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Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920, where he wrote his first book at age 12. In the following eight decades he wrote mysteries, science fiction, horror and fantasy, and mainstream fiction. He estimated that before being first published in 1941 he had already written several million words. Since 1941 his work has appeared as short stories, novels, novellas, magazine articles and serialized stories, screenplays and television scripts, and in this decade, as a graphic novel. His best known works include the novels Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man, short story collections Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles, over 65 episodes for Ray Bradbury Theater and the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone His credits appear for many movies, adaptations, and displays, including “Space Ship Earth” at Disney World’s Epcot Center.

He has received a multitude of awards for science fiction, fantasy, horror and screen writing. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medal, and in 2007 a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board for his “Distinguished, prolific, and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy”. Also included in his awards are the National Medal of Arts, a World Fantasy award, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master award, and an Emmy.

Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5, 2012. More information about his life and career is online at

The Life and Times of Ray Bradbury

Yevgeny Zamyatin completes his influential science-fiction novel We.
First issue of Amazing Stories comes out in 1926. Bradbury will be among its early subscribers.

Bradbury starts writing his own Buck Rogers stories.
Orson Welles delivers "War of the Worlds" broadcast.
Nazis burn books across Germany; newsreel footage appalls teenage Bradbury.

Bradbury marries Marguerite McClure in 1947 and publishes his first book, Dark Carnival.
Orwell's 1984 published.
House Un-American Activities Committee investigates the movie industry.

Bradbury publishes The Martian Chronicles in 1950 and Fahrenheit 451 in 1953.
Kurt Vonnegut breaks in with Galaxy magazine.
Cold War imperils writers' civil liberties in the U.S. and their lives in the Soviet Union.

Bradbury receives an Oscar nomination for animated short Icarus Montgolfier Wright, 1962.
The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Star Trek hook a new generation on science fiction.
Truffaut's film Fahrenheit 451 opens, starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.

Bradbury awarded lifetime World Fantasy Award.
Apollo 15 crew names Dandelion Crater for Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.
Star Wars opens in 1977, the last time anyone will think of science fiction as a cult genre.

Bradbury receives PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award.
William Gibson pioneers science-fiction subgenre cyberpunk.
Fifteen more books from Bradbury, including horror collection The Toynbee Convector.

Bradbury writes his memoir Green Shadows, White Whale about scripting Moby Dick.
Many science-fiction magazines shift to online format.
Bradbury suffers a near-fatal stroke in 1999. He polishes his first mystery while still in the hospital.

More honors: National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Medal of Arts.
Bradbury's wife dies in 2003.
Sam Weller's biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, appears in 2005.
Ray Bradbury dies in Los Angeles on June 5, 2012 at age 91.