Legendary science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury died this past Tuesday at the age of 91. Bradbury was considered a pioneer of 20th century science fiction literature along with Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein.
A prolific writer, Bradbury leaves behind a body of work that includes 27 books and over 600 short stories. His most celebrated novels include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Bradbury also made his mark in Hollywood, having penned the screenplay for the 1956 film version of Moby Dick along with several episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Bradbury was also a tireless advocate of public libraries, stating that: ” Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
If you’d like to learn more about Bradbury or explore his work, the Library has a wide selection of material to choose from.