Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. His father was a telephone lineman and his grandfather was a newspaper publisher. Ray spent much of his childhood reading at the local library and writing his own work.
In 1926, the family moved to Tucson, but returned in 1927, then spent another year in Tucson between 1932 and 1933. In 1934, they settled in Los Angeles, where Ray spent the rest of his youth.
In 1938, Ray graduated from Los Angeles High School, but he decided to skip college and get a job right away. To survive, he sold newspapers, but continued reading and writing in his free time. He particularly enjoyed science fiction stories and began to get his own published in "Super Science Stories", a pulp fiction magazine.
By the end of 1942, he was able to become a full time writer and begin working on his first book. His first book was a collection of his short stories entitled "Dark Carnival" and it was published in 1947. That same year, he married a woman named Marguerite McClure, with whom he would have four daughters.
In 1950, he published a book called "The Martian Chronicles". The book depicts the settling of Mars by humans, who find a race of savage Martians living there. Like most of his other works, this book was a collection of several interlaced short stories as opposed to one continuous story.
One of Ray Bradbury's most well known novels was "Fahrenheit 451", published in 1953. The book depicts a future world where books are banned and people are not allowed to criticize the government. Although it is hard to imagine such a future in the current world, the book seemed to reflect the book burnings regularly conducted by Nazi Germany during World War 2.
In 1953, a director brought Bradbury's novel "The Meteor" to life through an adaptation called "It Came From Outer Space". Numerous other films and television shows were made from Bradbury's work, numbering over 35 features between 1950 and 2000. Unfortunately, not many of them were major successes.
After Michael Moore produced the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", Bradbury was disgusted by the allusion to his novel. He later referred to Moore as a "screwed asshole" and a "horrible human being". He claims that his offense was not politically motivated, but mostly due to Moore not asking permission.
Among his many awards was a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an asteroid named after him (9677 Bradbury), and the National Medal of Arts. Lastly, he received an Emmy award for his work on the film "The Halloween Tree".