Though there's a lot of science fiction I like, I am not a "sci-fi fan" as such and never have been. My interest in it has only ever been as it succeeds as literature, not any of the tropes of the genre itself. The more the sci-fi elements are downplayed the better I like it(for instance, GALACTICA won me over because they used bullets, not lasers). So my taste in that has always been toward people with more of a foot in literature than sci-fi, like Ellison(my taste in his work was always toward the more Twilight Zone-ish stories, and even more so the essays, not the space opera), Dick, Herbert, Burroughs, Vonnegut, and Ballard.
I can't think how many times as a kid I read my little bashed-up copy of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, still one of my favorite books ever. And I knew the TV version, adapted by Richard Matheson, wasn't quite it(Bradbury didn't like it), but damn did it try, and in my view still holds up, and is still some of the more intelligent science fiction ever put on TV, at least after OUTER LIMITS.
Bradbury was also very important in comics. EC adapted many of his stories. At first unauthorized, till he noticed, and then it turned out he was an EC fan, so the adaptations continued. Here at Scans Daily are excerpts from some of them: The Small Assassin (art by George Evans)
The October Game (art by Jack Kamen, whose understated, tame style only makes it more horrifying)
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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