Steven Spielberg has delivered a touching tribute to the late science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury, describing the renowned writer as his "muse". Bradbury died at the age of 91 on Tuesday (June 5, 2012), at his home in Los Angeles, reports the UK's Guardian newspaper.
Spielberg - responsible for some of the finest science fiction movies ever made - said of Bradbury, "He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal". Elsewhere, the science fiction and horror novelist Stephen King told the Hollywood Reporter of Bradbury's influence on his own multi-million selling books, before adding, "The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant's footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty". The tributes continued to pour in - from the very top in fact - with President Barack Obama releasing a statement that heaped praise on the writer, noting that his "gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world".
Bradbury received the U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004. He is best known for his dystopian novel 'Fahrenheit 451' released in 1953, though also released hundreds of short stories, novels and plays.