Anyone who reads this blog has probably already heard the news, but legendary author Ray Bradbury has passed away. Bradbury, probably more than any other author, was responsible for bringing the scorned genre of science fiction into the literary mainstream during the 20th century. I won't claim to have read all of his works (that would be my wife), but I have read and enjoyed The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as some of his short fiction.
Ray Bradbury 1920-2012
And so almost all of the legendary sci-fi and fantasy writers of the mid-20th century are gone (Jack Vance and Frederik Pohl are still with us, but that's about it).
Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for everything.
Oh, and on a less serious note, here's Rachel Bloom's bawdy and irreverent tribute to the man (mildly NSFW):