My early adolescence was made special by an inordinate love of reading, and few authors were more special to me than Ray Bradbury. The first of his many books that I purchased was The Martian Chronicles in 1951.
Ray Bradbury, Dead at 91, Taught Generations of Readers How to Dream
"The fantasy writer Ray Bradbury scorned the label of “science-fiction writer” and taught generations of readers the benefits of letting their imaginations run wild. . . "