Ray Bradbury

This is the cover of the very copy of 'The Silver Locusts' / 'The Martian Chronicles' that I've had since I was sixteen, and that I've treasured ever since.

He taught me that science fiction can be poetic, that prose can be musical, that everyday speech can be about impossible things, and that ordinary lives can be all about magic. And that the essence of good fiction is all to do with the ability to empathise with even the most outlandish beings. Also, that novels can be built out of stories, and be pomegranate-shaped.

And that it would be wonderful if we could write one great story a day forever!