I've never gotten too far into science fiction. I've read mostly YA novels like A Wrinkle in Time and more recently, Rebecca Stead's Newbery-award winning novel, When You Reach Me. But, after reading author Tom Nolan's cozy at-home interview with Ray Bradbury--posted in today's Wall Street Journal--I'm inclined to go where this reader has never gone before. I'm going to dip into The Stories of Ray Bradbury, a perfect chunk of a book from the Everyman's Library (available April 6). This classic collection of 100 stories has it all--Bradbury's science fiction, fantasy, and even his mystery tales and a novella written over a career that spans a half-century. What got me willing to give Sci-Fi a try? It must have been Bradbury's response to Nolan's question about how he writes a story:
"If it exploded in my mind and something came to me, I wrote it. I never thought about it. I don't believe in thinking about stories; I believe in doing them...Everything I do is passionate...It's all from the heart. All my stories are me."