Ray Bradbury died today at 91, according to a report over at io9, and it’s not hyperbole to say that he drew many, many people into the world of speculative and science fiction. Whether it was The Martian Chronicles or Fahrenheit 451 or Something Wicked This Way Comes or his many short stories, his were often a young reader’s first exposure to the genre, and while critics were divided, there’s no disputing his influence.
Here’s a video of an interview at the Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University:
A segment for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” series, featuring a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 and cameo appearances by his cats:
And from the Writer’s Guild of America, this is Bradbury and Hugh Hefner (!) being interviewed by the L.A. Times (and Nerdist Channel) Hero Complex guru Geoff Boucher: