Thursday, 7 June 2012

RAY BRADBURY, and other SCI FI writers

I am sorry to hear Ray Bradbury moving on from this dimension, meaning he died at 91. Its sad to hear someone you admire as a Sci Fi writer has moved on and all you have is a memory of their books turned into film. one of the more famous is Fahrenheit 451. A story that had been turned into two radio dramatisations for BBC radio.

The novel dealt with censorship and how books would be banned in this dystopian future. Only in the end do we see the hero run away from the city, He finds secret society, in which each person remembers a book and recite its contents from memory.

Though I wasn't convinced if censorship would go as far as banning books, in this modern age. I believe this book was important to mention, as one scenario in the whole idea of a dystopian future.

Ray Bradbury would go on to write Dark Carnival (Arkham House, 1947); the amazing Martian Chronicles (Doubleday, 1950), his first and perhaps finest science fiction work; the short story collections The Illustrated Man (Doubleday, 1951) and The Golden Apples of the Sun (Doubleday, 1953); and Dandelion Wine (Doubleday, 1957), a short novel that has attained the status of being a minor American classic.

Despite being a Sci Fi writer Ray Bradbury would also resist the conversion of his work to Ebooks quoted to say "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."
Eventually conceded to be published digitally, on the instruction that it can be downloaded by any library patron.

Not to play down on Bradbury, but a lot of other quality sci fi writers have passed this mortal coil. My favorite was Douglas Adams who wrote the funny Hikers guide to the galaxy and Dirk gently holistic detective agency. The humor of random connectedness realized in the absurd and yet funny books.

Arthur C Clark writing his master piece 2001 a space Odyssey not to mention many short stories. I remember him best for presenting a TV series entitled Arthur C Clark's mysterious world

I would class Ray Bradbury up among the giants of sci fi writers, though his personnel like seemed like he was against technology. Denouncing video games as a waste of time and procrastinating on the conversion of his books to digital form. Or even calling the Internet a scam Its seems fitting to notice how these writers would make fantastic future predictions.In someways these fictitious claims, would eventually become true. And how these writers are classed as visionaries, when these predictions come to pass.
Ray Bradbury predicted the death of new papers, the public obsessing with media, TV screens being almost everywhere, bite sized factoids and earphones. In Fahrenheit 451, He mentions briefly how these elements which sums up his vision of a dystopian future.

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