The legendary science fiction author died in Los Angeles at the age of 91, his family and publisher have confirmed. The science fiction blog got confirmation from Bradbury's grandson and biographer that the author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles (and so many more) had died Wednesday morning.
An early icon to many young readers and adults alike, Bradbury's stories introduced millions to science fiction and a general love of reading. In a lengthy and insightful interview that's worth a look in remembrance of the author, he told the Paris Review in 2010:
Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.
Bradbury was in no way reclusive. His grandson, Danny Karapetian, called him "the biggest kid I know" in his remarks to io9. The Associated Press notes that Bradbury regularly appeared at bookstores and literary events in Los Angeles, even after a 1999 stroke put him in a wheelchair. And the author kept his website current with information about his work, his life, and his thoughts. You can hear the author speak in the myriad video clips on his site, which are unfortunately not embeddable.