"I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire ... the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars," Bradbury told Terry Gross in 1988. The science-fiction writer died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Writer Ray Bradbury. He's just been awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. He is the author of over twenty-three books, including “I Sing the Body Electric,” “The Martian Chronicles” and “Fahrenheit 451,” all classics of science fiction. Bradbury created the scenario for the U.S. Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and the concept for Spaceship Earth at EPCOT at Disney World.
In addition to his career as a science fiction writer, Bradbury helped design Disney's Epcot Center and the Pavilion of the Future for the 1964 World's Fair. His new collection of short stories is called the Toynbee Convector.