An excerpt from The Martian Chronicles:
"Well," said the captain, "it's simply that we never thought we'd find a thing like this on Mars."
"And now you've found it. I dare say there's lots on every planet that'll show you God's infinite ways."
"Is this Heaven?" asked Hinkston.
"Nonsense, no. It's a world and we get a second chance. Nobody told us why. But then nobody told us why we were on Earth, either. That other Earth, I mean. The one you came from. How do we know there wasn't another before that one?"
"A good question," said the captain.
~Ray Bradbury, "Mars is Heaven."
A dear old friend of mine who never knew me died today, leaving a hole in the world that no one else can ever fill. My Dad introduced us when I was a kid and I was ever in awe of the places we went together -- from October to Indiana to Mars. I will miss you dearly, Ray.