“To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must write dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfume and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories–science fiction or otherwise. Which means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
~ Ray Bradbury
As for me, I shall remember Ray Bradbury as the only Sci-Fi author I was ever made to read in grade school. That may seem insignificant but the assignment of Fahrenheit 451 is an iconic memory for me. As a burgeoning academic with immense respect for eduction, this act with his books legitimized the genre for me. In a strange way, because of this author, I felt it was OK to write science fiction and fantasy myself.