Today I found out that the incomparable author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91.
Growing up with three nerdy brothers as I did, Ray Bradbury's books were a constant fixture in our house. Along with Isaac Asimov, Bradbury helped shape the supple minds of three young boys and guide them into the sciences, which is why two of my three brothers are now engineers.
While I was never the science fiction buffs my brothers were -- I don't think there's a single Bradbury book they didn't devour -- even I was enthralled by The Illustrated Man.
Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for contributing such a remarkable body of literature that took people off the Earth and into the realms of fantasy.