Ray Bradbury made normalcy fantastic
There’s a certain kind of child who is attracted to both the library and the carnival, and who grows into adulthood by finding ways to shuttle between them. Bradbury was a heroic exemplar of the type. The obituaries list more than two dozen novels and hundreds of short stories. In his work, the pulse of the fantastic transformed the Midwestern familiarity of the scene, revealing the strangeness that moves within normalcy.