How does Bradbury's choice of genre affect the theme or topic?

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Ray Bradbury chooses to write, mostly, in the science fiction genre. By doing this, he is able to make commentary about how scientific and technological advancements can or have affected the human race. Bradbury specifically warns of becoming too dependent on technological advancements. In his short story "There Will Come Soft Rains", he tells the story of an automated house that continues to perform it's daily duties, even though man kind has obliterated itself with nuclear bombs. "The Pedestrian" tells the story of a man who is arrested for walking in his neighborhood at night, when he should be at home, watching television like everyone else. In "The Veldt", Bradbury creates a nursery that transforms into whatever the children imagine it to be--and the children eventually use it to kill their parents. Bradbury is able to be quite imaginative with these stories, but real enough to make his readers concerned about the effect these advances can have on our abilities to relate to each other and think for ourselves.