7 Jun 2012

Death of author

2:02 pm on 7 June 2012

American author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles.

Bradbury, 91, wrote hundreds of novels, short stories, plays and television and film scripts in a career dating from the early 1940s.

His most celebrated novel, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, depicts a future society in which books are banned.

A film version directed by Francois Truffaut, was released in 1966.

Dark Carnival, his first book, was published in 1947.

Bradbury also wrote Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Martian Chronicles, a collection of stories about materialistic Earthmen colonising and ruinously exploiting Mars.

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, the first time it had been given to an author of science fiction.