YMMV: Ray Bradbury

  • Death of the Author: Everyone knows how Fahrenheit 451 is about the dangers of government censorship... except Ray Bradbury. He vehemently denies this when the subject comes up; according to him the story he wrote has nothing to do with censorship and everything to do with television rotting your brain.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bradbury depicted Venus as being more or less like Earth except the climate consisted entirely of endless precipitation, with stories like "The Long Rain" in which a group of astronauts stranded on are picked off one by one while going insane and longing for the warmth of one of many "Sun-Domes". We now know that Venus is... well... quite the opposite. Now we know that Venus has a thick (insanely toxic) atmosphere that has such a greenhouse effect as to make it the hottest planet in the solar system - and any astronaut trying to land on its surface would be incinerated pretty quickly.
  • Shocking Swerve: Witness a master of the trope. Bradbury can effortlessly pull the rug out from under a reader with a single Wham Line. A nostalgic story about childhood will suddenly veer into Cosmic Horror, a high fantasy story ends in a Science Fiction reveal, a Day In The Life story suddenly becomes a Murderer P.O.V. story.