Read moving White House statement on the death of Ray Bradbury

Sci-fi fans everywhere were wrecked by the news of the legendary Ray Bradbury's passing this morning, and apparently the mourners also included the Commander In Chief. Not every sci-fi novelist can expect an official comment on his death direct from the White House, but Bradbury is an exception.

The official White House blog was updated this afternoon with these thoughts on Bradbury's life and work from President Obama:

"For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury's death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age. His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world. But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values. There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

It's not the first time Bradbury's been honored by the White House. In 2004 President George W. Bush awarded him the prestigious National Medal of Arts (pictured above) for his lifetime of contributions to American literature. Of course, Obama's tribute is just one of thousands ringing out today from all corners of the Internet, but it definitely helps put Bradbury's influence and importance in perspective.

(Via WhiteHouse.gov)

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