The death of science fiction-fantasy writer Ray Bradbury this week is sure to renew interest in his work, so we checked with local libraries to find out what they have on hand.
Bradbury died Tuesday night in California at the age of 91, his daughter Alexandra Bradbury told the Associated Press. No additional details were available.
Bradbury "transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of Fahrenheit 451,” the AP said. Among his many notable honors, Bradbury received a special Pulitzer Prize citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy" in 2007.
Berkley Public Library Director Celia Morse said she believes Bradbury will be remembered as one of the “best-known science fiction writers of his generation.” At the Berkley Library, there are 20 Bradbury titles available on several formats – hard copy, audio books and downloadable versions from the website.
“His best known book is Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and that’s a classic. It’s really about censorship,” she explained, adding that it’s on school reading lists. “That’s the temperature at which paper burns and where he got the title.”
Another classic, Dandelion Wine (1957), which Morse said is also on school reading lists, is available at the library, along with several other options for residents who want to pick up one of his books. The library carries various compilations of short stories, Bradbury’s autobiography, a graphic novel version of Fahrenheit 451, and its latest published piece of Bradbury’s, We’ll Always Have Paris (2009).
Huntington Woods Library
Holly Martin, circulation clerk at the Huntington Woods Public Library, said the library system spans Bradbury's lifetime of pieces for just about any Bradbury work sought.
“In our system we have books from the year 2012 all the way to the first books published. He has quite a body of work,” she said. Some of the most popular highlights include The Illustrated Man (1951) to The Homecoming (1946) to The Martian Chronicles (1950).
At the Huntington Woods library, copies of Fahrenheit 451, Farewell Summer (2006) and Something Wicket this Way Comes (1962) are available for checkout.
For more on Bradbury’s life or works, visit his website.