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June 6, 2012 10:42 AM

Ray Bradbury dead at 91

Ray Bradbury poses with his new book at a Golden Globe luncheon Jan 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.

(CBS/AP) Ray Bradbury, the writer best known for his dystopian novel "Fahrenheit 451," died Tuesday night in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Reached at Bradbury's home, his daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, says her father died Tuesday night in Southern California. She did not have additional details.

Bradbury had a lengthy career of writing everything from science-fiction and mystery to humor. He transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and a high-tech, book-burning future in "Fahrenheit 451."

He also scripted the 1956 film version of "Moby Dick'' and wrote for "The Twilight Zone.''

Bradbury's series of stories in "The Martian Chronicles'' was a Cold War morality tale in which events on another planet served as a commentary on life on this planet. It has been published in more than 30 languages.

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him," Danny Karapetian, Bradbury's grandson, told science website io9. "He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories."

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