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Amazingly Touching 1976 Letter from Ray Bradbury to Robert Heinlein: "Your influence on us all cannot be measured."

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Even the great masters of science fiction paid tribute to the people who influenced them. Today, Letters of Note has a beautiful 1976 letter that Ray Bradbury wrote — by hand — to Robert Heinlein.

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It reads, in its entirety:

DEAR BOB:

YOUR INFLUENCE ON US ALL, FROM 1939 ON, CANNOT BE MEASURED. I CAN ONLY SAY I REMEMBER, WARMLY, YOUR MANY KINDNESSES TO ME WHEN I WAS 19–20–21 YEARS OLD. THAT YOUNG MAN BASKED IN YOUR LIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP YOU OFFERED WHEN I WAS SO POOR & NEEDFUL! YOURS IN THAT MEMORY - RAY BRADBURY

AUG – 1976

Click over there to see the actual handwritten note. [Letters of Note via Random House on Twitter]

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Kip Russell: Has Spacesuit, will babble

hey! that's me in the banner pic!

Also: Bradbury always seemed such a decent, decent man.