Vale: Ray Bradbury

Prolific science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who wrote the novel Fahrenheit 451 and over 500 novels, plays, screenplays, TV scripts and verse, has died at the age of 91.

Amongst his acclaimed novels were The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

He wrote the screenplay for Moby Dick, directed by John Huston. The Screaming Woman was made into a TV movie in 1972 and The Martian Chronicles was an NBC miniseries in 1980, starring Rock Hudson. Other Bradbury works adapted for TV include The Electric Grandmother and Any Friend of Nicholas Nicklelby’s Is A Friend of Mine, both airing in 1982.

He also wrote for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Steve Canyon, Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre, and The Twilight Zone, among others.  A number of his stories were adapted in the 1950s for TV including: Tales of Tomorrow, Suspense, CBS Television Workshop’s Star Tonight, among others.

He also hosted a syndicated anthology TV series, The Ray Bradbury Theater, from 1985 – 1992.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


  1. I just heard on ABC Radio this afternoon snippets of an interview recorded before he died … what an amazing man! Talked about how he was so happy that the universe conspired that there be life on Earth, and that he live a life as full and rich as his. Really inspiring.

  2. Secret Squirrel

    Yes, sad day. He was the last of the “Big Four” for me – Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein being the others. I have several of his books. I remember being quite disconcerted when I read F451 as a kid but I find that, as an adult, I’m attracted to dystopian books and films.

    Minor quibble – Bradbury considers himself to be a writer of science fantasy rather than science fiction.

  3. What a legend. Will never forget 1972’s “The Screaming Woman” so full of shock and suspense, as well as all those horror anthology series. Why don’t they ever show this stuff on TV?

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