Love the podcast. But I have to take exception with the male director's downplaying of Ray Bradbury's impact. As he just had his 90th birthday, I think it's a good time to make a defense. In literary terms, Bradbury's vastly more influential than Rod Serling (who I'm a big fan of). "Fahrenheit 451" was in Time magazine's list of the great 100 novels of last century. Literary merit outweighs TV. It just does. Bradbury's impact on a generation of sci-fi writers is immeasurable ("The Martian Chronicles" alone spawned a cottage industry of martian tales; you see them in the old EC "Weird Science" comics for one example). Once upon a time, creators of pop culture used to read books and Ray definitely influenced them as they in turn influenced pop culture. Yes, Rod Serling's image is well known. But Ray Bradbury's humanist, sentimental (in a good way) approach to scifi/fantasy writing continues to impact readers (as it did Rod Serling who copped that sentimental approach to many of his tales). So bravo to Bradbury, a true giant!
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