Did Bradbury Foresee a Bright or Dark Future?

Ray Bradbury is well known in two differing ways, as one of the bards of the dystopia to come and as an advocate for a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Patrick West describes the difference.

We see the former in The Martian Chronicles.

‘We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things’, says one trooper in the story ‘And the Moon be Still as Bright’: ‘The only reason we didn’t set up hot-dog stands in the midst of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose.’ Man can leave his own planet, but he can never escape himself.

We saw the latter in the newspapers.

In real life, however, Ray Bradbury was a well-known and vocal advocate of the liberating potential of space exploration. Alongside Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, he has been hailed by NASA historians as a visionary without whom the space programme would not have been possible.

(via Prufrock)

space travel is boring.

2 thoughts on “Did Bradbury Foresee a Bright or Dark Future?”

  1. One of my greatest joys in life was getting to meet Mr. Bradbury and get my copy of Martian Chronicles signed. It’s since been signed by a large number of people from the Mars rover teams, including a rover driver who actually taught Bradbury himself how to drive a Mars rover. If my house burns down, I’m grabbing that book before running out the door.

  2. That’s fantastic. I’m sure Bradbury would be one of those people who would be great to have living on your street and in your circle of friends.

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