The next year, he published four issues of his own fan magazine, .
Bradbury enjoyed a relatively idyllic childhood in Waukegan, which he later incorporated into several semi-autobiographical novels and short stories.
As a child, he was a huge fan of magicians, and a voracious reader of adventure and fantasy fiction — especially L. Bradbury decided to become a writer at about age 12 or 13.
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Ruled ineligible for military service by his local draft board because of his vision problems, Bradbury became a full-time writer by early 1943.