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Ray Bradbury dies aged 91

Ray Bradbury, the sci-fi maestro behind such seminal tales as Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes , has died aged 91.

Best known for his hundreds of novels and short stories, Bradbury was also a prolific screenwriter, having worked on such classics as John Huston's adaptation of Moby Dick and schlocky sci-fi extravaganza, It Came From Outer Space .

Several of his stories were also translated to the big screen, with Francois Truffaut's take on Fahrenheit 451 among the most famous. The Illustrated Man , an adaptation of a collection of Bradbury stories is another well worth seeking out.

"If you're looking for any single passage to remember him by," said grandson Danny Karapetian in a statement to i09 , "I just picked up my copy of The Illustrated Man , my favourite of his books. The introduction is entitled Dancing, So As Not to Be Dead , and there are some great lines about death."

"My favourite: 'My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M. So as not to be dead.'"

The science-fiction landscape, and that of both literature and cinema, is so much the poorer for his passing.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.