RIP Ray Bradbury

Science fiction author, Raymond Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury, writer of classic science fiction and fantasy works, died Tuesday at the age of 91. Bradbury first became famous in the 1950s with "The Martian Chronicles," a series of stories about Earthlings colonizing (and destroying) Mars civilization. The Martian Chronicles has been published in more than 30 languages and was made into a TV miniseries. His novel "Fahrenheit 451" anticipated iPods, interactive television, electronic surveillance, and live media events including televised police pursuits.

In addition to the more than five hundred works he published over his life, he also served as an "idea consultant" for civic, educational and entertainment projects. He provided the concept and script for the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and contributed to Disney’s Spaceship Earth at EPCOT and the Orbitron at the Disneyland parks in Paris and Anaheim.

On April 15, 2004, Bradbury again was asked to share his ideas, this time for the President’s Commission on Implementation on U.S. Space Exploration Policy. Visit this link to read his testimony where he spoke of his vision for our destiny in space: