Ray Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is a science fiction and fantasy writer.
He was born in Waukegan, Illinois, and his family moved several times, eventually settling in Los Angeles in 1934. Bradbury was a reader and writer throughout his youth. He graduated high school in Los Angeles but could not afford college. To make a living, he sold newspapers. He educated himself at the library and began seriously to write stories on the typewriter. He sold his first stories to pulp magazines in the early 1940s. His first book, the collection Dark Carnival, was published in 1947.
Notable works include:
Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
R is for Rocket (1960)
The Illustrated Man (1951)
The Martian Chronicles (1950)
Dandelion Wine (1957)
Something Wicked this Way Comes (1962)
The October Country (1955)
The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953)
I Sing The Body Electric! (1969)
He has also worked on screenplays, including Moby Dick (1956) and King of Kings (1961), both directed by John Huston. Bradbury wrote the voice-over narration for King of Kings, notably Christ's final monologue, but did not receive screen credit. He has also written stories for The Twilight Zone, again uncredited.
His short story "The Foghorn", in which a sea monster mistakes a foghorn for the mating cry of a female, was adapted into the film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in 1953. Several of his stories were adapted by EC Comics in the 1950s, and later, a number of his novels were made into films. The Martian Chronicles was made into a miniseries starring Rock Hudson in 1979. Adaptations of his short stories were used as the basis for a television series, the Ray Bradbury Theater, along with his own screenplays, in the mid 1980s. His short story "A Sound of Thunder," about the dangers of time travel, was parodied in a Simpsons Halloween special, and is currently being adapted into a motion picture.
There is an asteroid named in his honor called (9766) Bradbury, along with a crater on the moon called "Dandelion Crater" (named after his novel, Dandelion Wine).