Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite authors and a man whose writing has influenced mine passed away yesterday. He wrote science fiction, horror, and mystery and can be considered one of the prominent authors who brought science fiction into mainstream reading. I hope to do the same for gay fiction!
Bradbury, however, resisted the moniker of science fiction writer. The following is one of my favorite quotes. “First of all, I don’t write science fiction. I’ve only done one science fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. It was named so to represent the temperature at which paper ignites. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, it’s fantasy. It couldn’t happen, you see? That’s the reason it’s going to be around a long time — because it’s a Greek myth, and myths have staying power.” I love the analogy to Greek mythology, one of my favorite subjects growing up.
This radio broadcast of Bradbury’s story, Mars is Heaven, was recommended by someone in one of my Yahoo groups. It is incredible and I urge you to take half an hour and listen: http://www.tangentonline.com/old-time-radio/1783-mars-is-heaven-ray-bradbury