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Seldom does a visionary come along with the foresight and imagination to take people to the future Ray Bradbury is one of those visionaries Ray Bradbury has had such an impact on the world that the full magnitude of his contribution may never be truly known Generations have been inspired by his works his dreams for a utopian society About the only thing that critics cannot agree upon is whether Bradbury writes Science Fiction or Fantasy The rift between the two genres is not easily bridged A second rift exists between the two genres and what society views as true art Societys view of literary art does not often include Science Fiction Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan Illinois on August 22 1920 to Leonard Spalding Bradbury and Ester Marie Bradbury Bradburys twin brothers Leonard and Samuel were born in 1916 Samuel died in 1918 and Bradburys sister Elizabeth was born six years later in 1926 Bradbury attended public school in Waukegan Tucson and Los Angeles He discovered science fiction in Amazing Stories a popular magazine of its day in 1928 Bradbury wrote his first stories on butcher paper at a young age In 1932 Bradbury performed as an amateur magician at Oddfellows Hall and American Legion He read comics to children on radio station KGAR Bloom 141 In 1934 in Los Angeles Bradbury worked as a live audience for the Burns and Allen radio show He acted as scriptwriter producer and director of the Roman Review at Los Angles High School and joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League in 1937 He graduated from high school in 1938 In 1939 he published his own fan magazine Futuria Fantasia attended the World Science Fiction Convention in New York and joined actress Laraine Days drama group the Wilshire Players Guild His high school yearbook named him headed for literary distinction Bloom 142 Bradbury considered himself self-educated from high school on Fletcher 107 He
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