Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles are Ray Bradbury’s best known books. As a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Bradbury got his break in 1949 after getting turn down by numerous New York City publishers who had no use for short stories. Having dinner with Doubleday editor Walter Bradbury (no relation), Walter asked Ray if he could bundle his short stories into one novel and call it The Martian Chronicles. Ray promptly wrote up an outline for the book and was signed by Doubleday Publishers. Ray Bradbury’s career took off after that. His awards include an Emmy for the screenplay The Halloween Tree, a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in horror fiction, SF Writers of America made his the 10th SFWA Grand Master, among other awards.
He even has an asteroid named after him “9766 Bradbury” and the Moon crater “Dandelion Crater” was named by the Apollo 15 crew in honor of Bradbury's novel Dandelion Wine. In 2012, the year Bradbury died, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover landing site on Mars was named “Bradbury Landing” in his honor.
Bradbury would have been 96 years old on August 22, 2016.