As a collector of old media, I own a few magazines with some of my favourite Bradbury short stories in them. I brought along my 28 June 1952 issue of Collier’s magazine which first published his classic time travelling story, A Sound of Thunder.
I asked Mr Bradbury to sign the story for me. He graciously took my sharpie and struggled a bit as he signed over his own printed name, blazed in red on the pulpy page of the sixty-year-old magazine. He asked that I read some of the story to him.
I entertained the idea that we were like Faber and Montag in Fahrenheit 451, but with roles reversed; the young apprentice reading to the teacher. I said that I would love to, as a fan.
And with his eyes fixed intently on me, I led him to his sanctuary.
“The sign on the wall seemed to quaver under a film of sliding warm water. Eckels felt his eyelids blink over his stare, and the sign burned in this momentary darkness...”