Yesterday the world received the unfortunate news that beloved author Ray Bradbury passed away.
Bradbury was a brilliant, creative author. I remember picking through my dad’s bookcase, I must have been in junior high, or maybe 9th grade, and stumbling upon the mesmerizing cover of The Illustrated Man. I had to know what was between those pages. I must have read that book 4 times. Before finding Bradbury, I read a lot of Roald Dahl, and a lot of books that had been, in one way or another, introduced to me through school. Bradbury was my introduction to reading well beyond school’s walls. After The Illustrated Man, I started picking up Vonnegut’s books, then “Different Seasons” by Stephen King, and also “The Bachman Books,” and eventually Douglas Coupland and Douglas Adams.
Bradbury introduced me to a world that was weird and wild and wonderful. Rest in Peace Ray Bradbury, you will be missed.