This morning, at the age of 91, celebrated science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away. Best known for his dystopian novels and his imaginative short stories, Bradbury had seen several of his works adapted into radio shows, graphic novels, television shows, and films. His most notable works include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and I Sing The Body Electric. During his lifetime, Bradbury was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had an asteroid named after him, earned an Emmy, received an honorary doctorate, and earned countless other citations for his distinguished and prolific and deeply influential career.
The impact Bradbury had on multiple generations of fans was evident on Twitter today, as condolences and celebrations of the master writer’s life poured in:
@Ray_Harryhausen: RIP Ray Bradbury. You will be dearly missed x
@edgarwright: A standing ovation for Mr Ray Bradbury. Our imagination will be dimmer without him.
@deadmau5: RIP Ray Bradbury :( you’ve touched many lives with your work, and even a few more recently you might not have expected! Sleep well dude!
@woodelijah: very sad to hear of Ray Bradbury’s passing. i grew up with his incredible stories.
@rainnwilson: RIP Ray Bradbury You made Mars, time travel & Illustrated Men more real than reality for a 14 year old me. #RIPRay
@levarburton: Ray Bradbury, may flocks of Angels guide thee to thy rest! #oneofthegreats
@davegibbons90: RIP Ray Bradbury. I got to adapt a short story of his to comics once (Come Into My Cellar): couldn’t cut a word. Every one mattered.
@joe_hill: Poet-king Ray Bradbury, who wrote not with ink but dandelion wine, is off adventuring again. We’ll miss you. Shoot a dinosaur for us, Ray.
@philhester: As a kid, if I ever stumbled across a great short story and wasn’t sure just who wrote it, it always turned out to be Ray Bradbury.
@WhitleyStrieber: Ray Bradbury has died, a true master of wonders. “Take Me Home”
@RL_Stine: I think Ray Bradbury is one of our most under-rated authors. I read Dandelion Wine once a year to remember what good writing is about.
@JaneEspenson: Oh dear. Ray Bradbury is gone. Do yourself a favor and buy one of his books for yourself and one for a kid you know.
@Scott_Ian: RIP Ray Bradbury. You made childhood a better place with your words.
@Paul_Dini: Today the world has become less a place for me. RIP Ray Bradbury.