Science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away this morning at the age of 91. Of course, when I say "science fiction author," that barely begins to cover it -- Bradbury is one of the greatest sci-fi authors who ever lived, writing classic such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked this Way Comes
, and so many more; books that aren't just celebrated by nerds like ourselves, but are actually taught in schools when teachers don't actually want to bore their students. He's received countless awards
, from the National Medal of Arts, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the French Order de Arts et des Lettres medal, was named a Science fiction Writers of America Grand Master, and more. He has both a park and an asteroid named in his honor, and there's a crater on the moon named after one of his works. The SFWA award for screenwriting was named for him -- he has his own award
. Oh, and there's this
Obviously, Bradbury's contribution of sci-fi cannot be overstated, but he was a powerful force in American fiction as well. He was one of a kind, and will be sorely missed by nerds around the world. (Via io9
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