My youth wouldn't have been the same without the work of Ray Bradbury. Maybe my life wouldn't have been the same. When I read "The Fireman" in Galaxy, I thought it was the best thing ever. It's still right up there. And then The Martian Chronicles and The October Country. My, my. I love 'em still.
Todd Mason notes in a comment that I'm two days early with this post. Oh, well.