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Ray Bradbury was an American mystery science fiction and horror writer Although he was most known for science fiction his primarily focused on fantasy Bradbury not only wrote short stories but also novels plays poetry essays and childrens books In addition much of his work has been used on stage screen and radio Bradbury has won many literary prizes such as O Henry awards the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement the Grand Master Award for Science Fiction Writers of America the National Medals of Arts the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American letters and a special award from The Pulitzer Board This special award recognized Bradbury for his distinguished prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy His imagination was what made him so popular Bradbury was very creative in his science fiction stories He loved it so much that he helped design the inside of Spaceship Earth at Disney Everyone saw his love and enjoyment for science fiction even the Apollo 15 astronauts who named a moon crater for Bradburys Dandelion Wine In 2002 Ray Bradbury received a star on the Hollywood Walk of FameRay Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22 1920 to Esther Bradbury and Leonard Bradbury in Waukegan Illinois During Bradburys childhood he was very loved by his entire family which impacted some of his autobiographical novels and short stories Bradbury also loved magicians and always read adventure and fantasy fiction Some of his favorite authors at that time were L Frank Baum Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs Around the age of thirteen Bradbury decided to become a writer He hoped to be just like his favorite authors which he called heroes and wanted to live forever through his fiction In 1934 the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles California Bradbury joined his new schools Los Angeles High School drama club Fourteen-year-old Bradbury would roller-skate through Hollywood and meet celebrities
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