Steven Paul Leiva, a novelist and screenwriter, has been spending time with Ray Bradbury lately — personally, professionally and via his writings — while working on a video about Bradbury for the Buffalo International Film Festival. Leiva was inspired to write the essay below about the literary lion who will celebrate his 89th birthday next month.
This week marks the UK release of We’ll Always Have Paris, the latest collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. The author of such modern cultural touchstones as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 is one of the more prolific writers of recent decades; even though he’s approaching his 90th birthday, it comes as little surprise to find another volume of his hitting the shelves. What is perhaps surprising, however, is that Bradbury can still produce a book of such high quality at this late stage in his career.