Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bradbury at 90

This is a bit off-topic (although he has written at least one mystery: Death Is a Lonely Business), but Ray Bradbury has shaped my reading tastes to such a large extent that I want to join those like Carolyn Kellogg in celebrating his 90th birthday.

The Martian Chronicles
was my first Bradbury, and as a budding teenage writer I was thrilled and delighted by the way he combined science fiction with social documentary to generate stunning emotional power. Other classics (The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes) worked the same magic.

Bradbury has been tremendously influential for other writers. In my book, he's right up there with Shakespeare. So Happy 90th, Mr. Bradbury. Shall we try for 100?

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