Local Waukegan author, Ray Bradbury has died today in California. He was 91. He was born in Waukegan in 1920 and was a highly celebrated author of speculative fiction. He was a reader and writer from his youth and Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Vern, H. G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs were his particular favorites. He wrote everyday and one of my favorite quotes by him is: “Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
He is best known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but his body of work is extensive.