Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury has died.

As they said on the radio, he was probably best known for novels like Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. But the first of his books I read was The Day it Rained Forever, one of his many books of short stories. I think of him as a short story writer rather than a novelist. Each story took one remarkable idea and executed it perfectly. My favourite of his novels is Dandelion Wine, which is actually more like a themed collection of short stories, on growing up in small-town America between the wars, a subject to which he often returned.

He had an astonishing way with words. At one time I tried to write like he did, though now I see that would be quite impossible.

In the title story of The Day it Rained Forever, three dried-up old men in a…

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