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Ray Bradbury has written over more then five hundred published works and continues to keep writing He is known as one of the best science fiction novelists and has won many awards and accommodations for it After publishing his adult novel Fahrenheit 451 it was soon considered one of his best works There is a question to be asked Where does he get his inspiration and imagination to write wild stories of great fantasy He stated that When people ask me where I get my imagination I simply lament God here and there makes madness a calling Bradbury I American novelist short-story writer essayist playwright screenwriter and poet Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan Illinois on August 22 1920 the third son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury In the fall of 1926 Ray Bradburys family moved from Waukegan Illinois to Tucson Arizona only to return to Waukegan again in May 1927 By 1931 he began writing his own stories on butcher paper His childhood was very important to him because it was a constant source of intense sensations feelings and images that generate great stories As a child he was first inspired by seeing The Hunchback of Notre Dame His childhood was that of a pleasant memory of a half-forgotten dream Person I In 1932 after his father was laid off his job as a electrical lineman the Bradbury family again moved to Tucson and again returned to Waukegan the following year In 1934 the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles California Bradbury graduated from a Los Angeles High School in 1938 His formal education ended there but he furthered it by himself -- at night in the library and by day at his typewriter He sold newspapers on Los Angeles street corners from 1938 to 1942 Bradburys first story publication was Hollerbochens Dilemma printed in 1938 in Imagination an amateur fan magazine In 1939 11Bradbury published four issues of Futuria
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