LOS ANGELES (KTLA) - Ray Bradbury, a science fiction visionary whose singular imagination regarding space travel and worlds of the future set the standard for writers and dreamers worldwide, has died at age 91.
Bradbury's agent Michael Congdon confirmed that he died Tuesday night in Los Angeles. His family said in a statement that he had suffered from a long illness.
He also wrote more than 600 short stories. Many view Bradbury's work as paving the way for elevating the science fiction genre to the status of true literature.
"The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke," UC Irvine physics professor Gregory Benford told the Los Angeles Times. "But Bradbury, in the '40s and '50s, became the name brand."
The late Sam Moskowitz, the preeminent historian of science fiction, once offered this assessment of Bradbury's work: "In style, few match him. And the uniqueness of a story of Mars or Venus told in the contrasting literary rhythms of Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe is enough to fascinate any critic."
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Science Fiction Visionary Ray Bradbury Dead at 91
The prolific author is credited with elevating the often-maligned sci-fi genre to true literature status.
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