To say that he was influential to science fiction writing would be an understatement. Many credit him with turning what was nothing more than a pulp genre, consumed by teenagers, into the form of literature we know today.
I often wondered, while watching the Academy Awards with my mother, why her eyes would swell with tears as she stared intently, at the “In Memoriam” segment each year. Why did she seem to care about these people that knew nothing about her? All they did was merely create something interesting that she at one time saw, read, or heard. With Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, and now Ray Bradbury passing, I understand.
Others have said it better, but it deserves notice that one of the greatest champions that libraries have ever had has passed away.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
- Ray Bradbury