Ray Bradbury … August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

Ray Bradbury , one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers has died at the age of 91.
He was best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951).
Many of his works have been adapted for television and films.

The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 science fiction short stories published in 1951.
The dust-jacket from the first edition is pictured above.
One of the stories  The Long Rain concerns a group of astronauts who are stranded on the planet Venus.
And very fittingly … Ray Bradbury died on June 5th during a very rare transit of Venus.

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