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Tributes paid to sci-fi author Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, pictured in 2002
Image caption Bradbury is perhaps best known for his classic novel Fahrenheit 451

Famous fans of science fiction legend Ray Bradbury have paid tribute to the US author following his death in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

"The GREAT Ray Bradbury has left the planet," tweeted Jonathan Ross. "When I was younger I read no one else."

"Very sad to hear of Ray Bradbury's passing," wrote US actor Elijah Wood. "Grew up with his incredible stories."

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock and West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin are among others to pay tribute via social media.

The former said he planned to set fire to the books in his office in tribute - a reference to Fahrenheit 451, perhaps Bradbury's most famous work.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss said the writer had "a dazzling, incredibly humane imagination like no other", while Moon director Duncan Jones mourned "another amazing sci-fi visionary gone".

Canadian DJ Deadmau5 - whose latest track The Veldt was inspired by a Bradbury story - said he had "touched many lives... and even a few more recently you might not have expected".

His sentiments were echoed by Bradbury's biographer Sam Weller, who thanked his "mentor, father [and] friend... for 12 glorious years of life, learning and laughter".

"A standing ovation for Mr Ray Bradbury," tweeted Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. "Our imagination will be dimmer without him."

"We won't ever forget," wrote the fantasy author Neil Gaiman, while musician Moby saluted "one of the great writers and thinkers and visionaries of our era".

Bradbury wrote hundreds of novels, short stories, plays and scripts in a career dating back to the 1940s.

Several of his tales were adapted for the cinema, among them The Illustrated Man, A Sound of Thunder and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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