am 2. April 1999
If anything this collection only reasserts what a treasure Bradbury is, probably the most American of our short story writers and one who can still speak to everyone with his stories. His tone is as calm as Arthur Clarke but you never really realize that you're reading something fantastic and outerworldly, he can make every event seem commonplace. This set is a collection of many of his best and most of the have become part of our consciousness, where we can barely envision a world where these stories had never existed. "The Foghorn" is probably one of his best known but there are others equally worthy. "R is for Rocket" is his best story by my counts, though "Frost and Fire" isn't too behind. The wealth of classic material in here is almost criminal, one person shouldn't be this creative. The only complaint is that a bunch of the stories in the R is for Rocket section were repeated in the Illustrated Man but that's a minor complaint really. They're just as good the second time. Go read this if you have any doubts about Bradbury's genius and you shall doubt no longer.
am 16. Juni 1998
The first story that compelled me to become a reader of books was Ray Bradbury's Fire and Ice, a cool short story with a simple and exciting story. It can be found in R is for Rocket, a compilation of his stories. When Mr. Azimov passed away, I sent a note to Mr. Bradbury thanking him for the effect he had on my life. He even wrote back to me.