This article (link below) by Moorcock from Literary Hub puts Bradbury and his works wonderfully in context, not only looking at his influences, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett, among others but also mentioning the works of his contemporaries like Frederik Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth and Philip K. Dick. I love this type of overview and it also acts as an excuse to look over my own shelves. This one was right in my wheel house.
The Truth of Ray Bradbury’s
MICHAEL MOORCOCK: WHY FAHRENHEIT 451 ENDURES
"Bradbury might be the ﬁrst author to oﬀer “market forces” as the base of a dystopia. In that sense he could be said to share ties with those East Coast writers who provided Galaxy with some of its best work. Marxist critics would have no difﬁculty in analyzing the book as a description of a certain kind of doctrinaire capitalism, where the middle class is reduced to nothing more than so many consumer units, where entertainment has become a never-ending reality show and literacy is not only marginalized but actively discouraged. On rereading this wonderfully spare moral tale others have also been struck by its parallels in present-day society."
Pleasure to Burn cover by Joseph Mugnaini
Amazing Stories, Tarzan and the Ant Men, At The Earth's Core covers by J. Allen St. John
The Book of Skaith cover by Don Maitz
Startling Stories cover by Alex Schomburg
Planet Stories cover by Allen Anderson