Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury dead at 91 Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of Fahrenheit 451, has died. He was 91.
“Everything I’ve done is a surprise, a wonderful surprise,” Bradbury said during his National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement acceptance speech in. “I sometimes get up at night when I can’t sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, ’My God, did I write that? Did I write that?’, because it’s still a surprise.” (Photo: The Associated Press)