FAHRENHEIT 451: Author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) dies, aged 91


FAHRENHEIT 451: Author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)  dies, aged 91
by Darius Kadivar

Author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. He authored more than a hundred novels includingFahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes. (Related News)









Day at Night with Ray Bradbury :

Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently :













François Truffaut’s Screen adaptation of Fahrenheit 451:


Starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner 

(NOTE : To Watch Double Click Here)    









Something wicked this way comes (1983)







Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Scene from The Martians. Rock Hudson as Colonel John Wilder










Ray Bradbury pays Tribute to Ray Harryhausen at his 90th Birthday BAFTA celebration





RAY BRADBURY (1920-2012) 




Author Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91

Author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

His daughter Alexandra confirmed that her father died on Tuesday night in Southern California. She did not have additional details.

Bradbury wrote hundreds of novels, short stories, plays and television and film scripts in a career dating back to the 1940s.

His most famous novels include Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

The writer's grandson, Danny Karapetian, said: "He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories.

"His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him".

The author was married to Marguerite McClure, who died in 2003. The couple had four daughters together.

Bradbury was born in Illinois, and as a teenager moved with his family to Los Angeles.

For three years after leaving school he earned a living selling newspapers, writing in his spare time.

From the early 1940s his short stories started to appear in magazines like Weird Tales, Astounding Science Fiction and Captain Future.

His first book, Dark Carnival, appeared in 1947, and three years later he began to establish his reputation with The Martian Chronicles, a collection of stories about materialistic Earthmen colonising and ruinously exploiting Mars.

His most celebrated novel, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, depicts a future society in which books are banned.

The story, which gets its title from the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites, proved to be uncannily prophetic - the characters are addicted to television soap operas, while miniature headphones, known as "ear thimbles", provide a constant stream of music and news.

A film version, directed by Francois Truffaut, was released in 1966.

Bradbury also wrote several works for film and television. He wrote the screenplay for John Huston's film Moby Dick and scripts for many TV series, including Suspense, The Alfred Hitchcock Show and The Twilight Zone.

Bradbury was passionate about literature. In 2008, he said: "If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy.

"But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way."

(Source: persianrealm.com


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Doroud Darius jaan

by fozolie on

I always like your blogs as I seem to learn something new, even if we don't necessarily agree on some stuff.

 I was not aware of that book. I have something new to read (and watch)! Thanks.

Re Movie, that is so difficult. There is so many. I cannot decide but these two would be in the top 10:  1) Bladerunner 2) America! America! (Kazan also published the book, I would highly recommend it)...

Re Baloney, I did not comment but someone must research the Iranian psyche and why they are so gullible. Susceptible to both religious baloney and intrigue.  Call for a blog listing all the baloney legends of the Iranian kind.


Mr. Fozolie

Darius Kadivar

Great observation fozolie Jan

by Darius Kadivar on

I guess If I were in Iran today I would hesitate between memorizing the Shahnameh or Playboy magazines 




No more seriously I think I would memorize L.P Hartley's The Go Between:

The Opening comment of which is:


"The Past is a Foreign Country, they do things differently there ..."  


It was also adapted for the Cinema with Julie Christie, Michael Redgrave and Alan Bates with Michel Legrand's magnificent score ... 






That definitively would be the book I would take with me on an isolated Island ...


But I guess one could not say the same about the movies on DVD which if not burnt could be wiped out from a memory or switched off electronically in a totalitarian state too ...

What film would you wanna take and memorize scene by scene ?

There are so many I have in mind ...

Probably Ben Hur for it was truly the movie that made me love movies and history in general ...




I first read the book in Persian as a kid

by fozolie on

And been hooked ever since. It was so different from what I had read before. You cannot help but be amazed by the impact F451 has had.

Decades later I still cannot decide what book I would memorise and represent if I were to face the same scenario as depicted in F451.

Perhaps Forough's Ossian.

What book would you pick to memorise?

Mr. Fozolie

Darius Kadivar

Me Too anglophile jan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

All the talk on censorship in that era is Boloney ...

I also saw it after the revolution but slightly censored notably when sex or kissing scenes were suggested. 

Ray Bradbury will truly be missed ...

His buddy Ray Harryhausen must be truly sad too ...




Anonymous Observer

Great loss

by Anonymous Observer on

As a sci fi fan, I really love his books.  His life will be celebrated through his writings.


Farenheit 451

by ramintork on

I didn't read the book but the film really impressed me.


A very aptly blog Darius jaan

by anglophile on

Despite rumours to the contrary I saw Farenheit 451 in Iran in the seventies without being censored.