Ray Bradbury was a writer who worked primarily within the genres of science fiction and fantasy. He was a master of the short story format. Indeed, it should also be noted that one of his most notable books, The Martian Chronicles, was in fact a fix-up, by which previously published short stories were combined to form a singular narrative. Longer works include Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451, but even these books are not particularly lengthy—not in the way that, for example, The Lord of the Rings, or many modern works of fantasy and science fiction often tend to be.
Stylistically, Bradbury favored a very imagery intensive, highly descriptive style of prose, rich with metaphor and poetic language. Consider the first paragraphs which open "Rocket Summer," the first chapter of The Martian Chronicles:
"One minute it was Ohio winter, with doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black...
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