With the passage of a great author that I idolized, I decided to share the works this amazing and prolific master inspired me with. RIP Ray, and thanks for all the great stories.
Fahrenheit 451: You wouldn’t think a book I had to do an 11th grade report on would become a favorite. This was my first exposure to Bradbury, and what an introduction. Even more amazing is the fact he wrote this classic in only 9 days.
The Martian Chronicles: Written in the 1950’s, a series of interwoven stories taking on capitalism and racism in the form of a narrative involving Earth colonizers destroying the Martian society still stands tall today. It remains an astounding piece of work.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Good vs. evil in a nightmare of a carnival. Shivers galore.
The Sound of Thunder: The short story of a safari hunt in the prehistoric past. This is where ‘the butterfly effect’ was born. Chilling to think how one small change in history could have such far-reaching effects.
Zen in the Art of Writing: Bradbury transmitted his enthusiastic joy for his art in this nonfiction treatise on writing. It was a terrific inspiration for me as I struggled to realize my own dream.