Famed Author Ray Bradbury Dies

The icon of science fiction was 91.

Ray Bradbury, whose works included such celebrated novels as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," has died, it was reported Wednesday. He was 91.

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him," his grandson, Danny Karapetian, told the io9.com website. "He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories."

Bradbury was reported to have died Tuesday night in the Los Angeles area. His wife died in 2003.

"The day I married my wife, Maggie, we had no money and $8 in the bank," Bradbury said in a 2002 interview. "And  she went to work immediately in order to provide food for us. We lived in Venice in a little $30 a month apartment. We were there for three years."

Bradbury, who famously educated himself in Los Angeles public libraries, said that in spite of tough times, he was confident that he would succeed.

"I've always known, somehow, that I would make it," he said in 2002. "Because I love writing, I love libraries, I love books. So love sustains you."

Patch guest editor Anne Louise Bannon contributed to this report. Do you have Bradbury memories? We'd like to hear about them in the comments section.


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