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His daughter tells the Associated Press that the iconic author passed away Tuesday night, while his grandson tells Gawker's science fiction blog io9 that it happened Wednesday morning. No word yet on the details, although Bradbury was 91 years old.
We'll have more on Bradbury and his literary legacy over on Brow Beat shortly. But for now you can check out some past Slate pieces on him, including this 2005 Middlebrow column from Bryan Curtis and this 2010 look at his short stories from Nathaniel Rich.
For now, we'll give the final word to Bradbury, via his grandson Danny Karapetian's email to io9:
If you're looking for any single passage to remember him by, I just picked up my copy of The Illustrated Man, my favorite of his books. The introduction is entitled "Dancing, So As Not to Be Dead," and there are some great lines about death. My favorite:
"My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M.
So as not to be dead."
You can read more from the Karapetian over at Gawker.