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It was with a great deal of sadness that I read today that author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91.
Ray Bradbury was one of my inspirations, both as a writer and a reader. His words instilled in me a love of short stories that lingers to this day. He showed me stories could be beautiful, poetic and leave a powerful lasting impression. My childhood was littered with his stories, such tales as All Summer in a Day, Uncle Einar (and the other stories about the Elliot Family), The Emissary, and The Fog Horn. They opened my mind to possibilities and strange wonders, and gave me the knowledge that words are more than just plot and dialogue, they are emotion. With them a writer can conjure images of sadness, fear, astonishment, or send a shiver down a reader’s spine. He demonstrated that stories can be timeless.
And that is his legacy.