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Also Known As: Died: June 5, 2012
Born: August 22, 1920 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Waukegan, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, novelist

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As one of the most influential science fiction/fantasy novelists of all time, Ray Bradbury had the distinction for also being one of the most prolific. Not only did he write novels and short stories, Bradbury had his hand in film, television, poetry, stage plays and even opera. After spending the better part of a decade publishing short stories in various science fiction anthologies, the author broke through with his groundbreaking collection of stories, The Martian Chronicles, thanks to his vibrant literary approach to a genre that was often mired in techno-jargon. But it was his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 that raised Bradbury from the world of science fiction and placed him among the century's great literary novelists. Meanwhile, he began writing for the screen, most notably an adaptation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" (1956) for the hard-driving and often cruel director, John Huston. His fertile period continued with Dandelion Wine (1957) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), both of which were adapted into various incarnations. He even became the star of his own show, "The Ray Bradbury Theater" (HBO/USA, 1987-1992), which each week featured an episode based on one of his works....

As one of the most influential science fiction/fantasy novelists of all time, Ray Bradbury had the distinction for also being one of the most prolific. Not only did he write novels and short stories, Bradbury had his hand in film, television, poetry, stage plays and even opera. After spending the better part of a decade publishing short stories in various science fiction anthologies, the author broke through with his groundbreaking collection of stories, The Martian Chronicles, thanks to his vibrant literary approach to a genre that was often mired in techno-jargon. But it was his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 that raised Bradbury from the world of science fiction and placed him among the century's great literary novelists. Meanwhile, he began writing for the screen, most notably an adaptation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" (1956) for the hard-driving and often cruel director, John Huston. His fertile period continued with Dandelion Wine (1957) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), both of which were adapted into various incarnations. He even became the star of his own show, "The Ray Bradbury Theater" (HBO/USA, 1987-1992), which each week featured an episode based on one of his works. Whether he was consulting NASA astronauts, helping to design Disney's Epcot Center or serving as the unwitting inspiration for Michael Moore's hard-hitting documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004), Bradbury's immense presence and influence was felt far and wide throughout the generations.

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 Amargosa (2000)
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 Universal Horror (1998) Interviewee
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 Rich and Famous (1981) Literary Party Guest
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 The Tramp and the Dictator (2002) Himself
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 Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001) Interviewee
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1934:
Moved with family from Waukegan, IL to Los Angeles, CA
1938:
Published his first story "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" in the fan magazine <i>Imagination!</i>
1939:
Launched his own fan magazine <i>Futuria Fantasia</i>; published four issues
1945:
Wrote notable short stories "The Watchers" (1945), "Invisible Boy" (1945), and "The Small Assassin" (1947)
1950:
Published breakthrough collection of sci-fi short stories <i>The Martian Chronicles</i>
1953:
Released his seminal novel, the dystopian satire <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>
1956:
Co-wrote feature film adaptation of the Herman Melville classic "Moby Dick," directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck; later described experience as "the worst six months of my life"
1957:
Published semi-autobiographical <i>Dandelion Wine</i>
1962:
Wrote the influential fantasy-horror novel <i>Something Wicked This Way Comes</i>
1962:
Penned the 100th episode of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS) titled "I Sing the Body Electric"
1966:
Writer and director Fran├žois Truffaut adapted his novel into the feature film "Fahrenheit 451"
1980:
NBC aired "The Martian Chronicles" miniseries based on his short stories
1981:
Made acting debut with a cameo in "Rich and Famous"
1985:
Wrote and hosted the anthology series "The Ray Bradbury Theater" (HBO, USA Network)
1990:
Published the non-fiction book <i>Zen in the Art of Writing</i>
1996:
Wrote the TV-movie "It Came from Outer Space II" that aired on the Sci Fi Channel
2004:
Received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush
2006:
Published final novel <i>Farewell Summer</i>
2009:
Released the anthologies <i>Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 2</i> and <i>We'll Always Have Paris: Stories</i>
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Education

Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California -

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