Ray Bradbury Thinks Our Country Needs a Revolution
When I was about 12, my mom gave me a copy of The Martian Chronicles, insisting that I would fall in love with Bradbury just as she did at that same age. Safe to say I did and spent a good part of the remainder of my middle school years writing my own stories about moon escapes and
Bradbury, who turned 90 on August 22, has once again captured my heart, even if he does think there are too many Internets (we'll get to that in a minute). Obama-bashing is hot these days but very few Obama critics go straight for his space priorities.
LA Times' Hero Complex:
“He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon. We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever."Do the people care about space travel these days, my dear RB? No, all we care about are devices and Internets. We're back in the electronic nursery where the lions smell mom and dad's blood in the air, aren't we?
The man who wrote "Fahrenheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Martian Chronicles," "Dandelion Wine" and "The Illustrated Man" has been called one of America's great dreamers, but his imagination takes him to some dark places when it comes to contemporary politics. “I think our country is in need of a revolution."
“There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people.”
“We have too many cellphones. We've got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”Wait what? Wasn't that Bradbury's utopia? How the hell are we supposed to get to space without all those Internets and machines?
Get rid of the too much government. But I'll be keeping my machines, tyvm.
Bradbury refuses to join the Kindle revolution and frankly I don't blame him. I know TLP loves his digital reader but I have to say I am more than slightly put off by the name. Come on, Kindle? Could they have given it a more Fahrenheit 451 appropriate name than that? Don't give in to the man, go paper, hopefully guns will still be illegal so you can defend your home when they come to burn them all.