- Posted June 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ray Bradbury's legacy
Comic Con Memories
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
My father read to me every night as a child, classics from Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Kipling and of course Bradbury. That's of course the company he belongs in, with the greatest writers of the 20th century (I know Kipling is 19th century, forgive). The Martian Chronicles, the first Bradbury book (of many) he read to me was not only my introduction to science fiction (a love I've carried and celebrated to this day) but my introduction to seeing beyond the world around me.
His characters didn't have to be royalty or wealthy, they were real people from real places with real dreams, fears and hopes. When they triumphed, I triumphed, when they fell, I fell. He could make the mundane fantastical and the horrifying instantly believable. His contributions can't be counted, nor can the people he inspired.