Ray Bradbury, who authored books in genres like science fiction, fantasy and horror, including Fahrenheight 451, turned 91 on Aug. 22.
Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel, was first published in a shorter form as The Fireman in 1953. The short novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic.
The plot is set at a future time when lawlessness is prevailing in American streets. From teenagers crashing cars into crowds, to firemen hunting animals for the simple and grotesque pleasure of watching them die, it is a society that has lost self control.
Books are banned, and anyone caught reading or possessing one is confined to a mental hospital.
Bradbury was raised in libraries, aspired to be a magician and a writer, and yes, he made his dream come true. He became both.
Bradbury, who served as the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, hosted the syndicated television series The Ray Bradbury Theatre, from 1985 to 1992. Many of his works are known to have inspired films, television scripts, radio programs and comic books.
In 2000, the Illinois native was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.