Ray Bradbury Writing Style

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Ray Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1931 Bradbury began to write some of his first stories and in 1938 his first story "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" was published in Imagination, an amateur fan magazine. In 1942 Bradbury writes "The Lake" the story in which he feels that he discovered his unique style. During his early adult years his work was routinely rejected and not until the late 1940's did he breakthrough with the publication of his horror and fantasy stories in "pulp" magazines. Bradbury's real breakthrough to a mainstream audience came in 1950 with the publishing of his book "The Martian Chronicles", a series of short stories which describe the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars. After reading the book Chris Isherwood a critic for Tomorrow Magazine raved "that even a book decorated with rocket ships and bug-eyed monsters contained writing that he immediately thought was good". Bradbury's writings are not your typical science fiction. Although the future and its technology have a well-established place it is not the key part in any of his stories. Bradbury is a very controversial writer whose most severe criticism comes from inside the science fiction community. No definition of science fiction exists that pleases everybody and to attempt to apply one casually to Ray Bradbury would be unfair. Many people inside the science fiction field argue whether Bradbury is truly a science fiction writer. At the time it was thought by those in the field of science fiction that good science fiction needed to be consistent with known science and Bradbury's work was not. Many of the critics were doubtful of his credentials as a real science fiction writer even though he is widely seen as a science fiction prophet by the public. He has been referred to as not only a science fiction writer but as a fantasy writer in the tradition of the great Edgar Allen Poe. In fact Bradbury himself has been quoted as saying "I am...
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