Happy 91st birthday, Ray Bradbury!
Ray Bradbury celebrates his 91st birthday today. The author of "The Martian Chronicles," "Dandelion Wine," "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "Fahrenheit 451," who makes his home in Los Angeles, has had a wide cultural influence, consulting with the likes of both Disney and NASA.
Bradbury is the author of more than 30 books, hundreds of short stories, plus poetry, plays and books for children. He is credited as a writer on dozens of movie and television projects; he worked with John Huston on the screenplay of the 1956 film version of "Moby-Dick." He has recieved a National Medal of Arts, a special citation from the Pulitzer board, a medal for distinguished contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an asteroid named in his honor.
Ray Bradbury has frequently made appearances at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and other literary events around the Southland. Last year, his 90th birthday was celebrated during the officially declared Ray Bradbury Week.
This year, he's taking it easy, but there is equal cause to celebrate the visionary science-fiction writer and his work. Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury!
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Ray Bradbury in 2000. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times