Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked this Way Comes and many other books, has died at the age of 91, io9 reports:
His grandson, Danny Karapetian, shared these words with io9 about his grandfather's passing: "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."
As Venus crossed the sun…
My favorite Bradbury story of all time is the devastating "All Summer in a Day" about Venus, where the sun is only visible for two hours every seven years, and a group of school children who bully one of their classmates and lock her in the closet on the day the sun comes out, during which time she misses her opportunity to see it.