Author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91.
The Fahrenheit 451 author was at his southern California home when he passed away.
Bradbury wrote hundreds of novels, short stories, plays and television and film scripts in a career dating back to the 1940s, but was most famous for his aforementioned novel and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Tributes have been paid by famous fans of the writer. Moon director Duncan Jones mourned “another amazing sci-fi visionary gone” while Neil Gaiman said he was “the kind of person who would give half a day to a kid who wanted to be a writer when he grew up”.
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 supposedly ignites, sees the characters addicted to television soap operas, while miniature headphones, known as “ear thimbles”, provide a constant stream of music and news.
He is survived by four daughters – Susan, Ramona, Bettina and Alexandra. His wife died in 2003.