Acclaimed author Ray Bradbury died earlier this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91, according to io9. Best known for his works of dystopian fiction, such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and countless others, Bradbury revolutionized the sci-fi genre and opened the eyes of the world to the art of sophisticated storytelling with a fantasy twist.
His grandson, Danny Karapetian, shared the following statement with io9 about his grandfather:
"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. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."
Bradbury's death leaves a hole in the sci-fi community that can never be truly filled. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to start catching up on his work. It's some of the most thought-provoking and transcendent literature of the 20th century.