Yesterday, I tuned in to NPR and listened to a program where Sam Weller and others were remembering science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who passed away this week (Aug 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012). He was most famous for his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451 but wrote many others. The only one I have read has been Fahrenheit 451 (I do plan to read some of his other works). The book was well written and definitely needed in his time. It still has relevance today.
One of the amazing things I heard on the NPR program was that When Bradbury was a child, he saw a horrific car accident and vowed never to drive an automobile. Shortly before his passing, several scientists from NASA welcomed him with a driver's license issued on Mars and let him drive one of the mars rovers for a while. The man who never drove a car on earth, wrote The Martian Chronicles and received the rare opportunity to drive on Mars itself.
He greatly influenced many through his writing as well as through his personal interactions with those around him. He was a man that expanded our minds and, once stretched, they can never return to their original state.