Book covers for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Excerpt from Ray Bradbury by Gerald Jonas, The New York Times, Published: June 6, 2012
Ray Bradbury, 1920 — 2012
Ray Bradbury was a master of science fiction whose lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America.
Mr. Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.
His most famous novel is Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. Named for the temperature at which paper ignites, the novel depicts a near-future society in which firemen don’t extinguish fires but instead burn books, and where the complacent populace, numbed by nonstop television and advertising, seems all too eager to embrace enforced ignorance.
By many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. His name would appear near the top of any list of major science-fiction writers of the 20th century, beside those of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and the Polish author Stanislaw Lem.
Link to the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html