You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them. -Ray Bradbury (Writer. USA, 1920-2012). A fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for 'Fahrenheit 451' (1953), 'The Martian Chronicles' (1950) and 'The Illustrated Man' (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers.