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Downtown L.A. square to be named for Ray Bradbury

 PHOTOS: Ray Bradbury | 1920 - 2012

Los Angeles City Council members are scheduled Thursday to dedicate a square outside the Central Library to Ray Bradbury, the late science fiction writer who spent much of his life in Southern California.

Ray Bradbury Square is scheduled to be dedicated at 2 p.m. at the intersection of 5th and Flower streets downtown, according to Councilman Jose Huizar's office. Bradbury was the author of 27 novels and story collections, including "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and more than 600 short stories.

PHOTOS: Ray Bradbury | 1920 - 2012

Bradbury's family moved to Los Angeles when he was 14. While at Los Angeles High, he became involved with the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, where his work was critiqued by science fiction writers including Robert Heinlein and Henry Kuttner.

His bestselling "Fahrenheit 451" was written in the basement of the UCLA library, where he fed the typewriter 10 cents every half-hour. "You'd type like hell," he often recalled. "I spent $9.80 and in nine days I had 'Fahrenheit 451.' "

FULL COVERAGE: Ray Bradbury | 1920 - 2012

Over the years, Bradbury became a familiar figure in L.A., riding his bike to libraries and bookstores because he didn't drive. The Central Library was one of his favorite hangouts, Huizar's office said.

Bradbury died in June at age 91.

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Photo: Ray Bradbury photographed in his office in 1987. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

 
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