He became a full time writer in 1943. He contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947. His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was put out with the publication of the Martian Chronicles in 1950. Next he published The Illustrated man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many think to be Bradbury's masterpiece. In all, Bradbury has published more than 30 books, close to 600 short stories and many poems, essays, and plays.
Married since 1947 Mr. Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats. Together they raised four daughters and had 8 grandchildren. Sadly , Maggie passed away in November of 2003. Bradburry died in June 5, 2012 ,at the age of 91. An inspiration to writers, teachers, science fiction enthusiasts, among countless others, Bradbury's fascinating sci-fi works will be remembered for many years to come.