RIP Ray Bradbury - (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)
What can I say, he was a great science fiction author. We read The Martian Chronicles in my 6th grade science class, and we read Fahrenheit 451 in 10th grade English class. Growing up, I couldn't get enough Sci-Fi / Fantasy. I read anything I could get my hands on by Bradbury, Heinlein, Tolkien, and others.
Maybe every generation says "they don't make 'em like that anymore", but honestly, it seems that authors like Bradbury are literally a dying breed. Not that there aren't a few good authors for this Genre like George R.R. Martin, but it seems like the number of good Sci-Fi / Fantasy authors is decreasing, and that is sad.
The genre is already unfairly stigmatized as being only for bookworm types that never played sports in their lives and have no social skills. The reality is that this genre is enjoyed by far more people than will admit to enjoying it. But more people need to stand up for Sci-Fi, and more good authors need to start writing for it. Otherwise, its best days will always remain behind it.