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Ray Bradbury's Home Demolished


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Legendary author Ray Bradbury's longtime Los Angeles home has been demolished by its new owner.

The Fahrenheit 451 writer and his wife Maggie lived in the Cheviot Hills home for more than 50 years, but when he passed away in 2012, the house was put up for sale.

Renowned architect Thom Mayne, who purchased the property for $1.7 million last June (14), is eager to build a new home on the site after receiving a permit for demolition last month (Dec14), and wrecking crews began tearing down the house last Friday (09Jan15).

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Ray Bradbury's Estate Auctioned For $490,000


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Legendary author Ray Bradbury's estate, including paintings and comic art, has sold for $490,000 (£310,000).

The sci-fi author, who died in 2012, amassed an impressive collection of science fiction and animation art which was sold off via Nate D. Sanders Auctions on Thursday (25Sep14).

Notable pieces include a surrealist painting by Joseph Mugnaini called Carnival, which sold for $23,000 (£14,000), and Bradbury's Hugo Award, a prestigious accolade in science fiction, which fetched $29,000 (£18,000).

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Los Angeles City Bosses Consider Ray Bradbury Square


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Los Angeles city officials are considering a proposal to honour late science fiction author Ray Bradbury by renaming a square after him.

Councillor Jose Huizar has suggested the intersection of Fifth Street and Flower Street become Ray Bradbury Square.

City bosses will rule on the proposal later this month (Sep12).

Bradbury, a beloved literary figure in Los Angeles, died in June (12).

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Ray Bradbury Investigated For Suspected Communist Party Links


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Legendary author Ray Bradbury was secretly investigated by government officials at the start of the Cold War due to his potential ties to the Communist Party.

Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation feared the novelist, whose work "definitely slanted" against capitalism, may have posed a threat to America during the 1950s and 1960s since he allegedly often spoke out against former U.S. Senator Joseph MCCarthy, who spearheaded a movement to track down Soviet spies and sympathisers living in the country.

It was later determined Bradbury did not have "informant potential", so he was never properly questioned.

The revelation was discovered in recently-declassified documents obtained by the Associated Press.

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Another Meaning For The "Red Planet?"


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One week after NASA announced that the area on Mars where the Curiosity rover set down will be "forever known as Bradbury Landing," in honor of the late science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, it was revealed that the FBI had conducted numerous investigations of Bradbury in an unsuccessful effort to determine whether he was secretly a member of the Communist Party. TheDailyBeast.com on Wednesday published 40 pages of Bradbury's FBI files obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, revealing that for a time the agency kept Bradbury's home under surveillance and obtained statements from admitted former Communists that Bradbury "was probably sympathetic with certain pro-Communist elements in the [Writers Guild of America]." One informant described how Bradbury rose up at a meeting of the WGA where a resolution was introduced to deny membership to Communists or anyone who had invoked the Fifth Amendment at a Congressional hearing. "Cowards and McCarthyites!" Bradbury allegedly shouted. An FBI analysis of Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles by special agent John S. Temple concluded, "The stories were connected by the repeated theme that earthmen are despoilers and not developers."

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Spielberg: Ray Bradbury Lives On Through His Fans


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Steven Spielberg has delivered a touching tribute to the late science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury, describing the renowned writer as his "muse". Bradbury died at the age of 91 on Tuesday (June 5, 2012), at his home in Los Angeles, reports the UK's Guardian newspaper.

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Steven Spielberg: 'Ray Bradbury Was My Muse'


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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has offered up a touching tribute to late author Ray Bradbury, branding the sci-fi master his career "muse".

The Fahrenheit 451 writer died in Los Angeles on Tuesday (05Jun12) at the age of 91 and Spielberg is among those mourning the loss.

The director, who made sci-fi classics including Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, has spoken out to heap praise on Bradbury, hailing the fantasy novelist as one of his heroes.

Spielberg says, "He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal."

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Writer Ray Bradbury Dead At 91


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Famed science-fiction/fantasy writer Ray Bradbury ( Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes ) has died in Los Angeles at age 91. Dozens of his more than 600 short stories were adapted for television, many by himself. His The Ray Bradbury Theater aired on HBO from 1985-1992. Bradbury's first TV drama, for the early suspense TV series Lights Out , was broadcast live in 1951. He also adapted Herman Melville's Moby Dick for the screen, although he reportedly clashed with the film's director, John Huston, repeatedly and 41 years later wound up writing a novel, Green Shadows, White Whale , about the experience. (The hero/narrator is a writer sent to Ireland to work on a Moby Dick screenplay with a director named John.) While generally tagged as a science-fiction writer, he had always rejected the designation, maintaining that Fahrenheit 451 was his only sci-fi work. "All The Others are fantasy," he said. "Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen."

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Fantasy Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury Dies, Aged 91


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The sci-fi and fantasy author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91, the Los Angeles Times have reported. His daughter confirmed the news of his death to the Associated Press today (June 6, 2012), stating that Ray passed away last night in Southern California. During his career, Bradbury published "more than 27 novels and short story collections" including 'Fahrenheit 451' (later adapted into a movie) and 'Dandelion Wine.'

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Ray Bradbury Dies


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Legendary author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91.

The American sci-fi writer passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday (05Jun12). No further details were available as WENN went to press.

He had suffered a stroke in recent years which left him in a wheelchair but the wordsmith still wrote stories from the basement of his home in the Cheviot Hills area of L.A.

Bradbury was the author of sci-fi classics including The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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12th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Held At The Beverly Hills Hilton - Arrivals

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