Looks like the trifecta of favorite authors are gone who I loved in HS: Arthur Clark, Vonnegut and now Bradbury. I have loved everything he wrote, but its been ages since Ive read much. I need to pull out the short story collection I have, and probably reread a few of my favs: Amazing Ice Cream Suit, Dandelion Wine, Martian Chronicles.
I love this quote from him, in response to a question about how he views SF versus other types of literature:
I often use the metaphor of Perseus and the head of Medusa when I speak of science fiction. Instead of looking into the face of truth, you look over your shoulder into the bronze surface of a reflecting shield. Then you reach back with your sword and cut off the head of Medusa. Science fiction pretends to look into the future but its really looking at a reflection of what is already in front of us.
Thats why I read Sci Fi, and why I adored Bradbury. RIP