I recently purchased a subscription to The Paris Review, a literary magazine, after stumbling upon some great articles online. Lately, I've been interested in not just the art of writing science fiction, but what other authors think about the subject too.
Two parts of the interview in particular stuck out at me. The first was when the interviewer asked Bradbury why he writes science fiction. Bradbury's response resonated with me deeply:
I can't tell you how much I love this sentiment. You might recall that it's similar to Robert Silverberg's first characteristic of science fiction:
Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. That's exactly why I love it so much, and I think Bradbury's response is perfect.
The second part that really stuck out for me was when Bradbury discussed how to write sci-fi without lecturing or pontificating to the reader. He says:
This is one of the main reasons I love science fiction as a genre and part of what makes great science fiction: the ability to reflect us and our truths back to ourselves.
I highly recommend this interview for anyone interested in Ray Bradbury as a man and writer.