CNN reports that sci-fi author Ray Bradbury passed away on Tuesday at 91 years old. His publicist revealed that the writer had been suffering of a powerful illness for a long time, but his demise was peaceful.
Ray Bradbury, one of the famous American sci-fi authors passed away on Tuesday evening causing great sadness to his readers. His publicist was the one who made the announcement on Wednesday while praising his works. According to him, the author had a peaceful death after a long lasting battle with a difficult disease.
The author will be forever remembered for the numerous works he created throughout his career spanning over 70 years. Bradbury encouraged generations of readers to “dream, think and create” thanks to his “hundreds of short stories and […] 50 books,” the statement said. Novels like “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Martian Chronicles” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” have become part of the American culture as soon as they were published.
Ray Bradbury was very pleased to enchant readers with his writings. He wrote in one of his 2005 essays that every time he looked in the mirror he found a happy man staring back at him. The reason behind his happiness was the fact that the author spent all his life writing and creating works that gave him great joy. He concluded that the image in the mirror was not “optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior”.
His literary and film peers hurried to pay tribute to the sci-fi writer as soon as they found out about his death on Tuesday. President Barack Obama was among the first to issue a statement in relation to Bradbury’s death. He praised the sci-fi writer for his unique storytelling manner which inspired and will continue to inspire many generations of writers. Director Steven Spielberg admitted that Bradbury was his “muse” during the time he created sci-fi movies. Author Stephen King stated that Ray will continue to live through the great novels and stories he created.
Bradbury’s talent for writing was acknowledged many times throughout his life. In 2000, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and in 2004 he was honored with a National Medal of Arts. The last prize he obtained was in 2007 when he received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.