I first came across Ray Bradbury as a child on the Movie Channel. "The Ray Bardbury Theater" was an anthology based on his short stories. They were scary, eerie, funny, and filled me with a sense of awe about the mysteries of the universe that we never really think about. Later I devoured his short stories and novels. In fact, they were the first books I chose to look for and read when I was allowed to go to the, "grown up" section of the library. Ray Bradbury is who caused me to fall in love with books.
At 91 years old, it isn't a surprise that he passed on, but it still hurts. More than I had thought it would.
A few of my favourite childhood memories of Ray Bradbury: