On the other hand, a large group, which includes a significant segment of the literary community (viewing him as one of their own), sees him as a humanist and a regional writer.
This group draws some good arguments from Bradbury’s stories: For example, even when he writes about Mars, the planet symbolizes for him the geography—emotional and intellectual—of the American Midwest.
Graham Greene once said that there is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Actually, for Bradbury, there were many such moments.
Electrico, so energized his imagination that he began to write stories to communicate his fervid visions to others.
Several critics have detected a decline in the quality of Bradbury’s later work, but the standard he set in the 1950’s was very high.Because of his emphasis on basic human values against an uncritical embracing of technical progress, because of his affirmation of the human spirit against modern materialism, and because of his trust in the basic goodness of small-town life against the debilitating indifference of the cities, several critics have accused him of sentimentality and naïveté.Bradbury has responded by saying that critics write from the head, whereas he writes from the heart.The poetic style that he developed is admirably suited to the heartfelt themes that he explores in a cornucopia of highly imaginative stories.He cultivated this style through eclectic imitation and dogged determination.He also refused to use a computer, and he successfully avoided flying in an airplane for the first six decades of his life.Each of these attitudes is rooted in some profoundly emotional experience; for example, he never learned to drive because, as a youth, he witnessed the horrible deaths of five people in an automobile accident.Sometimes Bradbury discovers a self in the past, and sometimes, particularly in his science fiction, he discovers a self in the future.Several critics have pictured him as a frontiersman, ambivalently astride two worlds, who has alternately been attracted to an idealized past, timeless and nostalgic, and to a graphic future, chameleonic and threatening.An ambivalence about technology characterizes his life and work.For example, he never learned to drive, even while spending most of his life in Los Angeles, a city that has made the automobile not only an apparent necessity but also an object of worship.