Ray Douglas Bradbury (1920-2012) was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers of speculative fiction. Bradbury was a reader and writer throughout his youth, spending much time in the Carnegie library in Waukegan, Illinois, reading H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and his favorite author, Edgar Rice Burroughs. He used this library as a setting for much of his novel Something Wicked This Way Comes.