A titan in the world of science fiction and fantasy writing, Ray Bradbury was also one of the 20th century’s most charming literary characters. Credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories, his motivation was the sheer joy of creation. “Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” he said in 2008. To celebrate a man whose attitude we love almost as much as his work, we’ve unearthed some fascinating lesser known facts about the formative years of his long and wonderful life.