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TheDailyBeast: Summer 2012's Lost Legends

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Ray Bradbury

(Aug. 22, 1920–June 5, 2012)

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” That’s one of the most enduring quotations from Ray Bradbury, who died June 5 at age 91—and there are plenty more poignant pieces of wisdom to choose from. The New York Times calls the author “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream,” which he did with his smash works "The Martian Chronicles," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and, chiefly, "Fahrenheit 451." By extension, says The Daily Beast’s Malcolm Jones, he “taught generations of readers the benefits of letting their imaginations run wild.”

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