Ray Bradbury
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451," has died. He was 91.

He died Tuesday night, his daughter said Wednesday. Alexandra Bradbury did not have additional details.

Although slowed in recent years by a stroke that meant he had to use a wheelchair, Bradbury remained active into his 90s, turning out new novels, plays, screenplays and a volume of poetry. He wrote every day in the basement office of his Cheviot Hills home and appeared from time to time at bookstores, public library fundraisers and other literary events around Los Angeles.

His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans. Bradbury also scripted John Huston's 1956 film version of "Moby Dick" and wro te for "The Twilight Zone" and other television programs, including "The Ray Bradbury Theater," for which he adapted dozens of his works.

"What I have always been is a hybrid author," Bradbury said in 2009. "I am completely in love with movies, and I am completely in love with theater, and I am completely in love with libraries."

Bradbury broke through in 1950 with "The Martian Chronicles," a series of intertwined stories that satirized capitalism, racism and superpower tensions as it portrayed Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization.

Like Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End" and the Robert Wise film "The Day the Earth Stood Still," Bradbury's book was a Cold War morality tale in which imagined lives on other planets serve as commentary on human behavior on Earth. "The Martian Chronicles" has been published in more than 30 languages, was made into a TV miniseries and inspired a computer game.

"The Martian Chronicles" prophesized the banning of books, especially works of fantasy, a theme Bradbury would take on fully in the 1953 release, "Fahrenheit 451." Inspired by the Cold War, the rise of television and the author's passion for libraries, it was an apocalyptic narrative of nuclear war abroad and empty pleasure at home, with firefighters assigned to burn books instead of putting blazes out (451 degrees Fahrenheit, Bradbury had been told, was the temperature at which texts went up in flames).

It was Bradbury's only true science-fiction work, according to the author, who said all his other works should have been classified as fantasy. "It was a book based on real facts and also on my hatred for people who burn books," he told The Associated Press in 2002.

A futuristic classic often taught alongside George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," Bradbury's novel anticipated iPods, interactive television, electronic surveillance and live, sensational media events, including telev ised police pursuits. Francois Truffaut directed a 1966 movie version and the book's title was referenced - without Bradbury's permission, the author complained - for Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9-11."

Although involved in many futuristic projects, including the New York World's Fair of 1964 and the Spaceship Earth display at Walt Disney World in Florida, Bradbury was deeply attached to the past. He refused to drive a car or fly, telling the AP that witnessing a fatal traffic accident as a child left behind a permanent fear of automobiles. In his younger years, he got around by bicycle or roller-skates.

"I'm not afraid of machines," he told Writer's Digest in 1976. "I don't think the robots are taking over. I think the men who play with toys have taken over. And if we don't take the toys out of their hands, we're fools."

Bradbury's literary style was honed in pulp magazines and influenced by Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, and he became the ra re science fiction writer treated seriously by the literary world. In 2007, he received a special Pulitzer Prize citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy." Seven years earlier, he received an honorary National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, an honor given to Philip Roth and Arthur Miller among others.

"Everything I've done is a surprise, a wonderful surprise," Bradbury said during his acceptance speech in 2000. "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."

Other honors included an Academy Award nomination for an animated film, "Icarus Montgolfier Wright," and an Emmy for his teleplay of "The Halloween Tree." His fame even extended to the moon, where Apollo astronauts named a crater "Dandelion Crater," in h onor of "Dandelion Wine," his beloved coming-of-age novel, and an asteroid was named 9766 Bradbury.

Born Ray Douglas Bradbury on Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Ill., the author once described himself as "that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all." He claimed to have total recall of his life, dating even to his final weeks in his mother's womb.

His father, Leonard, a power company lineman, was a descendant of Mary Bradbury, who was tried for witchcraft at Salem, Mass. The author's mother, Esther, read him the "Wizard of Oz." His Aunt Neva introduced him to Edgar Allan Poe and gave him a love of autumn, with its pumpkin picking and Halloween costumes.

"If I could have chosen my birthday, Halloween would be it," he said over the years.

Nightmares that plagued him as a boy also stocked his imagination, as did his youthful delight with the Buck Rogers and Tarzan comic strips, early horror films, Tom Swift adventure books and the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

"The great thing about my life is that everything I've done is a result of what I was when I was 12 or 13," he said in 1982.

Bradbury's family moved to Los Angeles in 1934. He became a movie buff and a voracious reader. "I never went to college, so I went to the library," he explained.

He tried to write at least 1,000 words a day, and sold his first story in 1941. He submitted work to pulp magazines until he was finally accepted by such upscale publications as The New Yorker. Bradbury's first book, a short story collection called "Dark Carnival," was published in 1947.

He was so poor during those years that he didn't have an office or even a telephone. "When the phone rang in the gas station right across the alley from our house, I'd run to answer it," he said.

He wrote "Fahrenheit 451" at the UCLA library, on typewriters that rented for 10 cents a half hour. He said he carried a sack full of dimes to the library a nd completed the book in nine days, at a cost of $9.80.

Few writers could match the inventiveness of his plots: A boy outwits a vampire by stuffing him with silver coins; a dinosaur mistakes a fog horn for a mating call (filmed as "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms"); Ernest Hemingway is flown back to life on a time machine. In "The Illustrated Man," one of his most famous stories, a man's tattoo foretells a horrifying deed - he will murder his wife.

A dynamic speaker with a booming, distinctive voice, he could be blunt and gruff. But Bradbury was also a gregarious and friendly man, approachable in public and often generous with his time to readers as well as fellow writers.

In 2009, at a lecture celebrating the first anniversary of a small library in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Bradbury exhorted his listeners to live their lives as he said he had lived his: "Do what you love and love what you do."

"If someone tells you to do something for m oney, tell them to go to hell," he shouted to raucous applause.

Until near the end of his life, Bradbury resisted one of the innovations he helped anticipate: electronic books, likening them to burnt metal and urging readers to stick to the old-fashioned pleasures of ink and paper. But in late 2011, as the rights to "Fahrenheit 451" were up for renewal, he gave in and allowed his most famous novel to come out in digital form. In return, he received a great deal of money and a special promise from Simon & Schuster: The publisher agreed to make the e-book available to libraries, the only Simon & Schuster e-book at the time that library patrons were allowed to download.

Bradbury is survived by his four daughters. Marguerite Bradbury, his wife of 56 years, died in 2003.

JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

Associated Press writer Robert Jablon contributed to this report.


Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jun. 6, 2012.
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May your loved ones find comfort and peace. Life is so precious and may they rejoice in the memories of love you gave them!
Nazarene Mckinney
April 22, 2017
"GENIUS"......THIS MAN WAS REMARKABLE!!!...HE LEFT FANS HIS BRILLIANCE IN HIS BOOKS and MOVIES...ALWAYS IN OUR MEMORIES
Valenda Newell
October 22, 2016
Valenda Newell
September 21, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences and sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends. May the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such an untimely loss of a very precious life please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).
January 9, 2015
I got to hear Mr. Bradbury speak while I was living in Columbus OH in the 90s, and he was brilliant and an inspiration. I grew up reading his books and commend them (all of them) to anyone who loves good writing.
Joe Pinegar
April 21, 2014
As a young boy his books sparked my imagination and a longing for whats next in a future world of unexpected experiences. Ray Bradbury's legacy lives on in my dreams.
February 28, 2014
I wrote to Ray Bradbury when his wife of 50 years passed away,my condolences to him and now to whom but to "Ray" whom is probably related to me.Although I never met him and or his wife,that would have been a very memorable moment and just to shake their hands.To talk to Ray and family and the "Bradbury" family is "Huge" and as vast as Ray's incredible work.Incredible "Ray" and wherever he is now and from a distant relative in the "Galaxy"-R.I.P. and R.S.V.P. Ray Bradbury the Icon that Everyone Loved and wish beyond wishes could have met "The Man" To the BradburyFamily from a Canadian Bradbury-Please accept my Condolences from the Bradbury's in Canada and Thank-You Ray for everything we are ALL going to miss you and your heartfelt dedication to and from ALL of US,near and Far!
Carole Bradbury
February 23, 2013
Looking back at a sad loss from this year. Ray Bradbury introduced me to science fantasy, but reminded me that the characters still has to be truly human, despite their fantastical works. Thank you for your imagination, and compassion. Sadly missed.
Sam Dexter
December 25, 2012
I was always told you where mi kin from poe bradbury mother told us all about you. Something wicked this way comes awesome you will be truly missed never forgotten cousin R.I.P.
anita wright
August 11, 2012
Though I never met Mr. Bradbury, we are related. Mary Bradbury, accused during the Salem Witch trials, was an ancestor of mine as well. Mr. Bradbury was a true humanitarian as well as a visionary. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did.
Paula Read
July 3, 2012
"fahrenhiet 451"is the best novel I had ever read.thanks to Mrs.Breanne for introducing Mr.Brdbury to me.I loved his vision,his thought and spirit.
dr.mama z
July 2, 2012
Ray Bradbury, I finished reading "FAHRENHEIT 451", yesterday. This book is the first book I have read in my life in English language. " FAHRENHEIT 451" is required for international student in the college to read. I really enjoyed reading the book. I opened page 159 in "FAHRENHEIT 451" and I read some of the book titles that you have written, I'm planning to buy them and read them.

Ray's family, I'm sorry for your loss. he was a great writer. With all my respect and appreciation.
Sameer Mulla
July 2, 2012
Andrew .g Smith
June 30, 2012
I read Ray's "A STORY OF LOVE" and it brought tears to my eyes. My children read it and it brought tears to their eyes. Now we all once again have tears in our eyes.
joe schmidt
June 17, 2012
Ray passes away and finally goes into space... The Dragon returns from its maiden flight...
One era ends and another begins...
J.P. Van Gordon
June 16, 2012
Sandy
June 15, 2012
Mr. Bradbury signed my copy of FAHRENHEIT 451 in 2005. I told him "I've enjoyed your works for decades."
Allen Wirdzek
June 14, 2012
I am utterly crushed by the death of my all time favorite writer, Ray Bradbury. The world has lost a great, great light.
CHARLIE HALL
June 14, 2012
To the BRADBURY family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P -|-
June 13, 2012
Ray was a "one off" we will not see his like again. Thanks Ray for being a friend and supporter for all these years.
Bruce Crawford
June 13, 2012
KATHY & BUDDY BARNETT
June 12, 2012
"No one ever died that had a family." You said it best, Mr. Bradbury, and you can count everyone who was ever touched by your writing as part of your extended family. You will be missed, truly.
Veronica Russell
June 12, 2012
EVEN LATE IN THE DAY IT WAS COMFORTING TO THINK...

For Ray Bradbury in memorium (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)


Even late in the day it was comforting to think
You were still out there in California
Holed up in your toyshop basement
Writing another sheaf of them
Golden, amber, green or blue
Radiant royal blue or violet
Scarlet rarer than rare.

Oh send me down a dandelion wind
I don't want to think that this has ended.
Surely some mistake was made.


He died quietly last night his publisher said.
Why didn't we wake up and stop him?
Don't go Ray, we'd plead holding his
Lovely shadow back as if he were Peter Pan.
Don't go yet.
Tell us another story
Like children cranky before bedtime;
That's why it happened when we were asleep.
Besides, the angels have story-times, too.
They needed him longer.
I'm sure they brought him ice cream.
That did it. I'll bet it was cherry-vanilla…


Venus in transit was seen from Tahiti
The radio said linking it in the next breath to
Bradbury's gone.
(Is he on Venus? In Tahiti? I thought like
One of his stories unfolding…
Myself. By myself. Oh, gone…)


At 11:02 I was at home
Drinking coffee peaceful and dreamy
Halfway listening to radio news.


The author Ray Bradbury has died at 91
I heard at 11:03 a.m., it's Wednesday, June 6th.
I couldn't believe it. D-Day for all the writers now
Left still on earth and the dear readers too.
Why couldn't we hear the trumpets?
Oh I would like to break off my sprig of lilac
For you like Whitman for Lincoln
But I am only I and can't stop crying
And I don't want to say goodbye.


How will the Summer survive?
Having lost the one who loved her most sincerely.
If only we had those magical tennis shoes to follow
You where you are now…
But we must wait like you, for Appointed Times…
Or stories…for the wings of clouded poems
To arrive, oh are you listening?
Did you arrive yet. Why are the skies so grey.


Here is my sprig of lilac anyway.
Is that you passing by?
Did you come back for your files?
The ones you kept for years bursting open at the seams and
perpetually sprung-open with ideas
For stories to come.


For the stories to come…
We are bereaved.
Green trees in the rain touch over the antique streets
Green trees in the rain can't stop weeping


And Venus in transit stops for a moment, overcome-
And the simple stars – sing-


mary angela douglas 6 june 2012 8:03 p.m.



For Ray Bradbury in memorium (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)


Even late in the day it was comforting to think
You were still out there in California
Holed up in your toyshop basement
Writing another sheaf of them
Golden, amber, green or blue
Radiant royal blue or violet
Scarlet rarer than rare.

Oh send me down a dandelion wind
I don't want to think that this has ended.
Surely some mistake was made.


He died quietly last night his publisher said.
Why didn't we wake up and stop him?
Don't go Ray, we'd plead holding his
Lovely shadow back as if he were Peter Pan.
Don't go yet.
Tell us another story
Like children cranky before bedtime;
That's why it happened when we were asleep.
Besides, the angels have story-times, too.
They needed him longer.
I'm sure they brought him ice cream.
That did it. I'll bet it was cherry-vanilla…


Venus in transit was seen from Tahiti
The radio said linking it in the next breath to
Bradbury's gone.
(Is he on Venus? In Tahiti? I thought like
One of his stories unfolding…
Myself. By myself. Oh, gone…)


At 11:02 I was at home
Drinking coffee peaceful and dreamy
Halfway listening to radio news.


The author Ray Bradbury has died at 91
I heard at 11:03 a.m., it's Wednesday, June 6th.
I couldn't believe it. D-Day for all the writers now
Left still on earth and the dear readers too.
Why couldn't we hear the trumpets?
Oh I would like to break off my sprig of lilac
For you like Whitman for Lincoln
But I am only I and can't stop crying
And I don't want to say goodbye.


How will the Summer survive?
Having lost the one who loved her most sincerely.
If only we had those magical tennis shoes to follow
You where you are now…
But we must wait like you, for Appointed Times…
Or stories…for the wings of clouded poems
To arrive, oh are you listening?
Did you arrive yet. Why are the skies so grey.


Here is my sprig of lilac anyway.
Is that you passing by?
Did you come back for your files?
The ones you kept for years bursting open at the seams and
perpetually sprung-open with ideas
For stories to come.


For the stories to come…
We are bereaved.
Green trees in the rain touch over the antique streets
Green trees in the rain can't stop weeping


And Venus in transit stops for a moment, overcome-
And the simple stars – sing-


mary angela douglas 6 june 2012 8:03 p.m.
Mary Douglas
June 12, 2012
Like so many others, Mr. Bradbury was an inspiration, a consoler, a gentle writer who never failed to bring a bit of wisdom to my soul or a smile to my face. I will miss you. I sat and cried at my desk at the library where I work when I read the news. Ray Bradbury. Always first when I'm asked, "And, who is your favorite author?" Keep writing up there in the heavens. We want to hear your new stuff when we arrive!
Kathy S.
June 12, 2012
Your message to the world was love what you do, and do what you love. And always sign LOVE!!! with an exclamation point!!!

I LOVE YOU!!!! LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
June 11, 2012
nicholas spisak
June 11, 2012
So sorry to hear this. His writings provided years of enjoyment to me and my family. God Bless your family.
Donna Armit
June 11, 2012
Jessica Gorecki
June 11, 2012
From a lifetime reader who liked SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and DANDELION WINE best--for their unique style and feel. Mr.Bradbury was a truly gifted writer and his literary legacy is secure. When a reviewer of my first novel, THE BOOTLEGGER'S SECRET, said it had "a Ray Bradbury sort of feel to it", it was an incredibly morale-boosting compliment. My wife (who grew up in Waukegan) and I send our sincere condolences to his family.

Michael Springer, Gulf Shores, Alabama
June 11, 2012
I cannot even BEGIN to thank him enough for the greatest stories that ever sparked my imagination. Espcially in junior and senior high, I ravenously read his works over and over. I will miss those stories and I wish to send my condolences to his family. God Bless.
T B
June 11, 2012
His brilliant, thought provoking stories will live on.
Debrah Osgood
June 11, 2012
I never met Mr. Bradbury; but his writings so influenced my life. Thank you for your literary gift to this planet. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Diane Ellis
June 10, 2012
Loved your storys on tv.

rip Ray
Anthony Rodgers
June 10, 2012
He will be truly missed. The best thing he wrote in my opinion is "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds". I will pray for comfort for his daughters in their time of grief. Anther GREAT writer has left this plane for another.
Cathy Ledbetter
June 10, 2012
To the Bradbury Family:
Mr. Bradbury will be missed by all of us.He was a wonderful and creative writer. I have read many of his books in school and chose him to be my favorite writer. His memory will live on forever in his books and in our
hearts.
With sympathies,
Kevin Hall and Family
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 10, 2012
Dandelion Wine touched my life back in 1979, and has remained a favorite book of mine ever since. Thank you for your gift of story telling. You will be missed. Jesse Harrison, Farmington, NM
June 10, 2012
Thank you for being one of the greatest creative minds of my times. Thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. RIP Ray!
Denise
June 10, 2012
"Ray Bradbury's heart and mind was filled with wonderful stories, thank you for sharing them with us." - Elsie Pawlikowski (Everett, WA)
June 10, 2012
you touched many lives,you will be missed.thankyou for all the fine works..love,respect,royce l showalter 3rd.
royce l showalter 3rd
June 10, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Matthew McGuire
June 10, 2012
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors. He changed lives. I am sorry for our loss.
Jan Maynard
June 10, 2012
The world can ill afford to lose the great role model that Ray Bradbury is. A sad day for all the world.
- Ken Atkins (San Antonio, Tx)
June 10, 2012
Thank you Ray Bradbury for all your creative stories,I will deeply miss your writing. As a writer you have been an inspiration and a teacher.
I have read Dandelion Wine every Spring
to start my warm weather life for the past 35 years. You will always be in my heart.
judy dooley
June 10, 2012
Mr. Bradbury was the greatest writer. My favorite episode was the one on Rod Serling's Twilite Zone where a group of badguys lowered oil prices to control an election. Neat story. Thank you Mr. Bradury. R.I.P.
Recks Tillersan
June 10, 2012
Donna James
June 10, 2012
To the family of RAY BRADBURY I send my heartfelt condolences in the death of their dear family member who s talents has mesmerized many. During these difficult times I hope you draw comfort from the GOD of comfort.ISAIAH 61,1,2.

sincerely
Ms Carruth
June 10, 2012
Ray Bradbury was my favorite author and therefore an inspiration. Had I ever had the chance to meet him, I would have embraced him. That would have been enough. May his soul fly to worlds unknown.
Eric Martin
June 10, 2012
My deepest condolences to Mr. Bradbury's family. I grew up reading the works of this literary giant and great man. His words will live on forever. A heartfelt thanks to the Bradbury family for sharing Mr. Bradbury with the rest of the world...and the future.
Fred Wolff
June 10, 2012
I think of a young man, new father, travelling interstate to NYC with little money, typewriter and suitcase. Sweating over an outline for a publisher at 3 a.m., ready for later that day to become The Martian Chronicles. The facts about Ray Douglas Bradbury are simple and soon stated...He ran laughing. He sat easy. He was not a bully. He was kind...
He was vulnerable but out-spoken, a craftsman. He understood the little and large battlefields and sought to evoke the idyll against them. We are all standing like Douglas Spaulding; in a little grief. Farewell illustrated man.
Andrew Mackenna
June 10, 2012
Ray Bradbury...I grew up reading your wonderful novels. You contributed to the sci fi geek I am today. Thank you for The Martian Chronicles, Farenheit 451 and so many other amazing stories. You will be greatly missed.
Kim Hyndman
June 9, 2012
Linda Weldon
June 9, 2012
So sorry to hear of Ray Bradbury passing. May Jehovah [God] be with you all at this time, through your prayer.
Wanda Henry
June 9, 2012
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Bradbury family for their loss. Mr. Bradbury will also be missed by my husband and I as well as many other people he never met- people whose lives he touched through his writings. My husband introduced me to the work of Ray Bradbury when we began dating in 1966.
Phyllis Gurga-Busse
June 9, 2012
Truely a great writer, rest in peace........
Eric Weeber
June 9, 2012
Rays imagination has given me many hours of mind-stretching exercise and enjoyment. I will miss him, as well those of us who loved his work.
My condolences to all of his family in this time of sorrow.
Jim Reed
June 9, 2012
James Willner
June 9, 2012
Ray Bradbury's books were my earliest memory of the science fiction genre. It opened a whole new world of reading for me and introduced me to my imagination. God bless his family and thank you Mr. Bradbury, wherever you are.
Irene M
June 9, 2012
To the Bradbury Family,
My high school students and I have loved the Ray Bradbury stories that I have taught for years. We loved them because they held our imaginations but also gave a moral: Humans should take care of the planet, respect each other, be responsible, honor our individual freedoms, etc. I will continue to appreciated this writer and this man for giving literature a mixture of genres to enjoy while teaching us how to be better human beings.
Dr. Sandra Pound
June 9, 2012
My condolences to the Bradbury family. May you all find comfort in Gods word.(1cor.15:22).
B O
June 9, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of sorrow. Psalms 46:1 says: God is for us a refuge and strength during this difficult time and May God grant you the comfort to endure.
June 9, 2012
May God grant the family peace and strengthen them to cope with their loss. (Psalms 46:1)
Tanya
June 9, 2012
Last night I dreamt that I got on the school bus as a child again...afraid of the big kids at the back of the bus. But there was Mr. Bradbury, in the very back seat, coaxing me to sit next to him, where I felt safe and comforted as he whispered fantastic stories in my ear and I drifted off to sleep. I will so miss those stories, Mr. Bradbury. Thanks for visiting me in my dreams.
Kim Utech
June 8, 2012
Mr. Bradbury, you were such an incredible writer and inspiration! I'm so happy you enjoyed a long, accomplished life. Thank you for all that you shared with me, and all the writers who can only aspire to your talent! We are humbled and thankful for your contributions, which will follow us all through our lives. Rest in deep peace, Mr. Bradbury.
June 8, 2012
Mr. Bradbury, you were such an incredible writer and inspiration! I'm so happy you enjoyed a long, accomplished life. Thank you for all that you shared with me, and all the writers who can only aspire to your talent! We are humbled and thankful for your contributions, which will follow us all through our lives. Rest in deep peace, Mr. Bradbury.
A Fan
June 8, 2012
What stories.....what an imagination....thanks for the fantacies...RIP
Dan/Shirl Davidson
June 8, 2012
PLEASE ACCEPT MY DESPEST CONDOLELENCES, MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOUR FAMILEY.
jo ann duvic
June 8, 2012
Please accept our deepest condolences. May the GOD of all comfort, comfort your family in this time of grief. (Atlanta, GA.)
June 8, 2012
Claudia
June 8, 2012
I began reading Mr. Bradbury's stories at age 11. I am now 59. Have all his books and have bought quite a few for my three sons and now grand daughter as I won't part with mine. To his family, may you find comfort in the fact that he will be missed and remembered by many the world over for eons to come. He knew what being truly human was all about. The simplest things he was able to put into words. All his stories had a great impact upon me. With my deepest sympathy at this time of such a great and profound loss.
Claudia
June 8, 2012
In highschool I would get one of his books off the shelf, hide somewhere in the library and read. I am 57 now and always keep a copy of Dandelion Wine in my home. I have read it many times. I hope heaven is everything he hoped it would be.
Joan Sprau
June 8, 2012
He was a remarkable man and an even more remarkable writer. His books will carry his personality and wit to the future (where I'm sure he'll be looking on with keen interest). Am terribly sorry for your loss, and for ours.
R White
June 8, 2012
I am so sorry. I loved his work!!! RIP Mr. Bradbury! A FAN
Lisa Murry
June 8, 2012
I read Dandelion Wine and often dreamed of running in Royal Crown Cream Sponge Para Litefoot Tennis Shoes. Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for the worlds you opened to all of us who enjoyed your masterful stories.
Scott Nelson
June 8, 2012
You are now in the stars and a part of the Universe. We will miss you here on Earth.
Jeff Rack
June 8, 2012
The gift he gave me was reading. Any author any genre and I still read every day. That's a lot of books. There is nothing better than holding a book in your hands nose deep in the story. Our family will keep you in our prayers.
beemer
June 8, 2012
His writing was almost prophetic. Wish I
could write like he did.
life long fan
June 8, 2012
He was an awesome writer and was an inspiration to many! May he rest in peace.
Christy Ortiz
June 8, 2012
REST IN PEACE RAY. READ MANY OF YOU STORIES.
Melissa Mickens
June 8, 2012
Hopefully someday a child will look upon their reflection on a pond on Mars and say "There is the Martian."
Jim Wies
June 8, 2012
Mr. Bradbury's mind and imagination were a treasure and a great gift to the whole world. He inspired so many people in every walk of life. He is sorely missed.
Annie
June 8, 2012
Ny heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. He and his gift will be sorely missed. To his family and fans we will always have his memories. Thank you God as most of them are in print!
Sandy
June 8, 2012
I LOVED HIM AND EVERYTHING HE DID ,HE WAS GREAT AND WILL BE MISSED
LISA MILLER
June 8, 2012
To The Bradbury Family
With deep sympathy and a heavy heart ,I write these words for your family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all the pleasant memories that you have, and may they comfort you, and bring you strength, in your time of grief. May you also find comfort with the thoughts below:
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
This verse found @ Isaiah 49:13 has comforted me, I hope that t comforts you as well.
With Deepest Sympathy
Ann O
June 8, 2012
Thank you for feeding my imagination and desire to read.
Brandy Carr
June 8, 2012
I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Bradbury when I was 12 about 40 yrs. ago. He was very nice and gracious and seemed genuinely pleased when I told him that his writing was the impetus for me reading for fun. He signed a copy of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" for me which I treasure to this day. Thank you for your vision, your insight, and your humanity, and a garland of Martian Fireflowers for bringing us to the Dark Carnival.
Mark Shapan
June 8, 2012
I read "Something Wicked This Way Comes" as a teenager and still have a copy on my bookshelf in Germany, where I now live. Such great imagination and it is most beautifully written. Thanks for the joy, the shivers of fear, the insight and social commentary!
Peggy Jo Behling
June 8, 2012
To this day, I remember how I cried so hard, as a senior in high school, having just read "Something Wicked This Way Comes," when I realized the 2 boys were no longer the same age...mere minutes apart, as they had been before getting on that merry-go-round.
Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for the vivid stories, and memories.
Patti Rouse
June 8, 2012
My condolences. I grew up reading Ray Bradbury. The Martian Chronicles fascinated me and I read everything he wrote.

Thanks for making my childhood more fantastical and inspired.
Peg Morris
June 8, 2012
I will always remember the child who was enclosed in a locker as a school prank and missed the only opportunity to see the sun in his lifetime! Rest in peace. I look forward to meeting you in eternity. +
Deborah Mentzel
June 7, 2012
When I was in high school back in the late 70's we read "Childhood's End and "The Illustrated Man" for our science fiction writing class. We also discussed "Rocket Man" which influenced
Bernie Taupin's and Elton John's lyrics and music to the song of the same name. Thank you Ray Bradbury. "I think it's gone be a long long time". RIP....
Richard Foss
June 7, 2012
Thank you. Not only for your work, but also for providing the inspiration to so many other pioneers of fiction and sci-fi. God Bless.
Rob Gregg
June 7, 2012
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
June 7, 2012
rest in peace ray you made many people smile with your words
June 7, 2012
God Bless you. Rest in peace.
Mary jane Thornton
June 7, 2012
I will never forget the time he told me his inspiration for Fahrenheit 451 back in the mid 70's. I remember it every time I eat soda crackers in a diner.
Bill Choate, Jr
June 7, 2012
A wonderful writer and storyteller, his stories will live forever. Or, at least until we start burning the books. I salute you my amazing fellow human!
Wine Dandeline
June 7, 2012
DEAR FAMILY
I WAS SAD TO READ OF YOUR DAD'S AND GRAMPA'S PASSING. I ONCE SAW FARENHEIGHT IN HS WE HAD CINEMA CLASS AND WATCHED MOVIES. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMEMBER HOW WELL WRITTEN AND DONE WELL.
DOROTHY STEWART'DICKIE
June 7, 2012
One of my favorite teachers was a big fan of rays she never got to meet him but she sent a book to him to get signed three months ago and she's hoping it's on it's way back if anyone knows if Mr. Bradbury signed books please contact me.
The email is [email protected]
Thanks
Jodi S.
June 7, 2012
Ray was my favorite visionary. His words were enlightening to my soul. I will miss his vision of life. Never forget the past, enjoy the present and wait for the future. Thank you Ray for all you gave us.You will be missed!!
michele taylor
June 7, 2012
I liked most of his stories.
I enjoyed the television adaptations, too.
Gary W. Kelly
June 7, 2012
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