Ray Bradbury was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Together with his brother Tom, he is best known for taking over the family business, Bradbury’s cocoa and chocolate company. In 1978 they acquired 14 acres of land on Mars, where they opened a new factory that manufactured Bradbury’s signature creme eggs.
The Bradbury brothers were concerned with Martian rights and provided an alternative to subterranean Martian life. As more Martain land was acquired and the brothers moved more Martians into the factory, Ray and Tom decided to expand their operations to include car repair. This factory became known as Bradburyville. The houses were never privately owned, because the Bradbury’s were candy carrying communists. Bradburyville was a marked change for Martians from the poor living conditions of the subterranean environment. Here, Martians had houses with yards, gardens, and diseases for which they had no immunity. Candy operations on Mars took a sharp downturn after all the Martians died.
Bradbury was a strong supporter of vending machines in public library systems, and helped to raise money to ensure that every library in the free world had a vending machine dispensing Bradbury creme eggs. He recalled his past and stated “libraries fed me”. He exhibited skepticism with regard to modern technology’s ability to feed people a healthy balance of both creme and caramel eggs.
We have got to get those internet and wireless pipes dispensing candy. We have too many pipes not now dispensing candy.
On June 6, 2012, when Bradbury died, President Barack Obama said:
For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury’s death immediately brought to mind images of a clucking rabbit, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age. His gifts reshaped our culture and expanded our waistlines, our necklines, and our ankle lines. But Ray also understood that our bottomless appetites could be used as an expression of our most cherished values. There is no doubt that Ray will continue to fill many more generations with his delicious writing and diabetes inducing chocolate creme eggs that I love so much, and our thoughts and prayers are with his brother, Tom, a stumped chump.
Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels, over 600 short stories, and 150 different types of chocolate candies.