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Ray Bradbury one of the most revered science-fiction authors has had many things occur in his life which directly influenced his style of writing In addition to influencing his style these events also affected the content and theme of his individual works Putting all of this aside however if these specific events did not occur in Bradburys life he would not have become a science-fiction writer Throughout his childhood Bradbury was exposed to many types of literature While living in Waukegan Illinois at the age of six Bradburys Aunt read him the Oz books Also at this early age Bradbury was encouraged to read the classic Norse Roman and Greek myths Johnson 1 When he grew old enough to choose his own reading material the boy rapidly developed a fondness for the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the comic book heroes Flash Gordon Buck Rogers and Prince Valiant Johnson 1 It was these comic book heroes who fueled Bradburys fondness for science fiction After moving to Tucson Arizona Bradbury got a job a local radio station because of his experience in Waukegan as an amateur magician I was on the radio every Saturday night reading comic book strips to the kiddies and being paid in free movie tickets to local cinema where I saw The Mummy The Murders in the Wax Museum Dracula and King Kong Johnson 2 In reference to his one year in Tucson Arizona Bradbury recalls It was one of the greatest years of my life because I was acting and singing in operettas and writing beginning to write my first short stories Johnson 2 After graduating from high school Bradbury bought a typewriter and rented an office with the money saved from selling newspapers While in his early twenties Bradbury sold one science-fiction short stories every month for four years He was paid 20 for each story Bradbury sold some of his first stories in 1945 to
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