U.S. writer Ray Bradbury, the author of "Fahrenheit 451" and other science fiction and mystery classics, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, his grandson said. He was 91.

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him," said Danny Karpetian in a message posted on the Web site io9.com.

Acknowledged as one of the great science fiction authors, Bradbury liked to identify his genre with fantasy although many of his stories were based on daily life.

His grandson emphasized the influence that the author made on "so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories."

Because of financial difficulties, Bradbury was not able to go to college, and so he began selling newspapers, but he did not give up on his plan to become educated and began doing so himself.

Besides his many books - among which figure "The Martian Chronicles" - he also wrote theater productions, movie and television scripts, including his outstanding collaboration with John Huston in the 1956 screen adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. EFE