Sci-fi novelist turns 90 this month

“Live forever!” The sentiment at the center of fantasy legend Ray Bradbury’s semiautobiographical “Something Wicked This Way Comes” feels less far-fetched as the scribe turns 90 this month.

To better showcase Bradbury’s contributions to film, TV and literature, Steven Paul Leiva (an animation pro who collaborated with Bradbury on “Little Nemo”) lobbied the L.A. City Council to proclaim Aug. 22-28 “Ray Bradbury Week,” with local orgs scheduling events in the author’s honor.

Birthday-related festivities begin at 2 p.m. this Sunday with a roast and toast at Glendale’s Mystery and Imagination Bookstore, after which Angelenos will have a chance to revisit bigscreen adaptations “Fahrenheit 451” (Aug. 24 at the Writers Guild Theater) and “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (Aug. 26 at the L.A. Central Library). The Paley Center contributes a smallscreen spotlight, hosting an afternoon of Bradbury’s favorite teleplays on Sunday, Aug. 28.

“We all wanted to recognize one of the most important authors of the 20th century — and his vision of the 21st,” says Leiva, who directs the WGA-sponsored reading of Bradbury’s one-act “The Better Part of Wisdom,” starring James Cromwell, on Aug. 23.

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