Ray Bradbury: Literary Influences Ray Bradbury: Literary Influences Ray Bradbury, one of the most revered science-fiction authors, has had many things occur in his life which directly influenced his style of writing. In addition to influencing his style, these events also affected the content and theme of his individual works. Putting all of this aside, however, if these specific events did not occur in Bradbury's life, he would not have become a science-fiction writer. Throughout his childhood, Bradbury was exposed to many types of literature. While living in Waukegan, Illinois at the age of six, Bradbury's Aunt read him the Oz books. Also at this early age, Bradbury was encouraged to read the classic Norse, Roman, and Greek myths (Johnson 1). "When he grew old enough to choose his own reading material, the boy rapidly developed a fondness for the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the comic book heroes Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Prince Valiant." (Johnson 1). It was these comic book heroes who fueled Bradbury's fondness for science fiction. After moving to Tucson, Arizona Bradbury got a job a local radio station because of his experience in Waukegan as an amateur magician. "'I was on the radio every Saturday night reading comic book strips to the kiddies and being paid in free movie tickets, to local cinema, where I saw 'The Mummy,' 'The Murders in the Wax Museum,' 'Dracula' ...and 'King Kong.'" (Johnson 2). In reference to his one year in Tucson Arizona, Bradbury recalls "'It was one of the greatest years of my life because I
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