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    Sci-Fi Great Ray Bradbury Suffers Stroke

    Author Ray Bradbury, whose fantasy and sci-fi tales--from Fahrenheit 451 to The Martian Chronicles--have long intrigued readers, as well as Hollywood, is partially paralyzed on one side following a stroke, a report says.

    Today's Daily Variety says Bradbury, 79, is recovering at his Palm Springs, California, home. Producer and friend John Dayton tells columnist Army Archerd that the writer is "as sharp as ever" and expected to make a full recovery.

    Bradbury reportedly suffered the stroke last week. There was no confirmation of the author's condition from his New York-based agent's office.

    Bradbury's work is familiar to both library dwellers and moviegoers. His first breakout novel, The Martian Chronicles (1950), about Earthlings on the Red Planet, was brought to the small screen in the 1980 miniseries of the same name. It is just one of several Bradbury tales to get the Hollywood treatment. The films, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), The Illustrated Man (1969) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), are all based on Bradbury stories or novels.

    Bradbury's signature work came in 1953 with the publication of Fahrenheit 451. The title was a reference to the temperature at which books burn--at least in the author's futuristic world. That tale, too, attracted the attention of Hollywood, being translated to the big screen in 1966 by acclaimed French filmmaker Francois Truffaut. A remake, with Mel Gibson as director, is said to be in the works.

    In Variety, Dayton says he's continuing to work with Bradbury on prepping a new, feature film version of The Martian Chronicles.

    Born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, Bradbury is one of the sci-fi genre's most prolific writers, drafting more than 1,000 short stories since launching his career in 1941.

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