Ray Bradbury is for many reasons the most influential writer in my life. Throughout our long friendship Ray supplied not only his terrific stories but a grand model of what a writer could be should be and yet rarely is: brilliant and charming and accessible willing to tolerate and to teach happy to inspire but also to be inspired.
Of all the planets apart from Earth in our solar system Mars is the most hospitable. Yeah. Right. Better keep my visit short. And yet despite the discomfort the danger I love it here. I love coming back for these imaginary vacations. The sights are amazing.
Why do we capital-N Nerds love Mars so much? Because it’s beautiful it’s tough it’s buried in our mythic childhood memories. It’s covered with human triumphs but also with sad stories of failure.