Ray Bradbury, author of FARENHEIT 451, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and our favorite, DANDELION WINE, has passed away at the age of 91.

He is an inspiration to us all. After suffering a stroke that confined him to a wheelchair, Bradbury continued to write novels, screen plays, and poetry. In his acceptance speech in 2000 for an honorary National Book Award medal for Lifetime Achievement, he said,

“Everything I’ve done is a surprise, a wonderful surprise. I sometimes get up at night when I can’t sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, ‘My God, did I write that? Did I write that?’, because it’s still a surprise.”

Yes, Mr. Bradbury, you wrote stunning prose. You were a versatile and talented author of mystery, science fiction, horror, and nostalgia about days gone by. You will be missed, and we’ll forever remember your wise words:

“It won’t work,’ Mr. Bentley continued, sipping his tea. ‘No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. Time hypnotizes. When you’re nine, you think you’ve always been nine years old and will always be. When you’re thirty, it seems you’ve always been balanced there on that bright rim of middle life. And then when you turn seventy, you are always and forever seventy. You’re in the present, you’re trapped in a young now or an old now, but there is no other now to be seen.”

-Ray Bradbury, DANDELION WINE