Ray Bradbury passed away today.
I read every book and short story of his I could get my hands on growing up, and the dogeared books still grace my bookshelves.
We read "All Summer in a Day" in my eighth grade English class and that story almost made me weep. His work explored every aspect of the human condition, a feat made more impressive by his output.
Here's an interview with Bradbury, where he discusses his work. It's a half-hour long, but time well spent with one of the most influential figures in speculative fiction.
Also, he discusses his inspirations in writing science fiction in this recent piece from The New Yorker.