The sci-fi and fantasy author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91, the Los Angeles Times have reported. His daughter confirmed the news of his death to the Associated Press today (June 6, 2012), stating that Ray passed away last night in Southern California. During his career, Bradbury published "more than 27 novels and short story collections" including 'Fahrenheit 451' (later adapted into a movie) and 'Dandelion Wine.'
Although Bradbury was often categorized as a science fiction writer, he shrugged off the label, arguing that it was limiting and inaccurate. "I'm not a science fiction writer. I've written only one book of science fiction ['Fahrenheit 451']. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen." Bradbury was born in August 1920, in Waukegan Illinois. He embraced the minutiae of small town life and later wove that detail into his fantasy novels. In 2000, the author told the New York Times Magazine "When I was born in 1920, the auto was only 20 years old. Radio didn't exist. TV didn't exist. I was born at just the right time to write about all of these things."
The UC Irvine physics professor and award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford is quoted as saying "The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke. But Bradbury, in the '40s and '50s, became the name brand."