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Ray Bradbury, and his TV legacy

This file photo shows author Ray Bradbury at

This file photo shows author Ray Bradbury at a signing for his book "Quicker Than The Eye" in Cupertino, Calif. (Jan. 29, 1997) Credit: AP

Ray Bradbury, one of the greatest science fiction writers in history, has died, and just to touch on his long and deep association with television, this far too short post. His ties with TV went back almost sixty years, beginning in the very early days of the medium. But Bradbury's impact extended beyond the credits -- his remarkably clear (or is the word "pellucid"?) style matched so perfectly to television, and the content of his remarkable --both intoxicating and at turns very disturbing -- stories just seemed to lend themselves effortlessly to a medium looking for fresh content and a lot of it. His stories were anthologized in many shows throughout the 50s -- a time when anthologies were actually popular -- and his "I Sing the Body Electric" (the one about the electric grandma) usually makes some top 10 "Twilight Zone" episode lists. (It was the 100th episode in fact, airing in '62.) "The Ray Bradbury Theater" -- beginning on HBO and moving to USA and hosted by Bradbury -- is just one examlple of his TV work , but he wrote for "The Twilight Zone," had close ties with Rod Serling and had an impact on  plenty of TV writers ever after who put pen to paper of sci-fi fiction scripts. This legacy was long and deep.

He was 91 and had lived in L.A. for many years. Check out these clips...

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