Ray Douglas Bradbury was born August 22nd 1920 and died June 5th 2012. He was 91 years old. Ray Bradbury is best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 but also as one of the best short story writers. Although a lot of people believed Bradbury to be mainly a science fiction writer, he was more into the fantasy genre.
Something that he frequently stated was “I’m not a science fiction writer…I’ve written only one book of science fiction. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.”
Ray Bradbury was one of the authors that pushed fantasy into a more prominent position in literature to what it is today.
Here are some interesting facts that you may not have know about Ray Bradbury:
He never drove a car or cared to get his license, even though he lived in L.A.
He wrote the book From the Dust Returned over 55 years. This book was compiled of many short stories about a family of ghosts and monsters called the Elliots. Very similar to the Addams family. This book began in 1945 and was finally printed in 2001.
Bradbury wasn’t a fan of modern day technology. “We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”That’s right, he was even against e-books. He said that “They smell like burned fuel.” He also told Yahoo to go to hell when they tried to put one of his books on the Internet.
Ray Bradbury never went to college or had any other formal education other than high school. His philosophy was just to write lots and lots every day.
Ray Bradbury was against politics and believed the less government the better.
Ray Bradbury was a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe.
The headstone of Ray Bradbury reads: Author of Fahreheit 451. This was something that he requested.
If you are an aspiring writer, I suggest you pick up a short story or novel by Ray Bradbury and have a read.