** The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (1997, 1951)

I had read some of the stories in this collection years ago, but this is the first time I read the entire book (nearly at one sitting), and I only picked it up because my son was reading it (so I’ll add it to the young adult page).  The more I think about Bradbury’s stories, the more I’m amazed by his futuristic ideas and his vision of who we are.  We’ve recently been watching all the seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and there are so many parallels between that show and Bradbury’s stories, from the gadgets to holographic imaging to the moral lessons.  Clearly Star Trek was heavily influenced by Bradbury and perhaps other early sci fi writers.  This is a great collection of stories.  (science fiction/short story)

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