Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on August 22, 1920.  Bradbury’s great adventures would take place behind a typewriter, in the realm of imagination. Today, as an author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, and poet Ray Bradbury is known as one of America’s greatest creative geniuses.

His books were The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451,  Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Halloween Tree, Death Is a Lonely Business, A Graveyard for Lunatics, Green Shadows, White Whale, From the Dust Returned, Let’s All Kill Constance and Farewell Summer.

Bradbury’s view of Technology was that: he thinks technology is a bad thing, it will be dominant, Technology will prevent physical activities, and Crime is ebbing.

There are a few stories from the ‘Illustrated Man’. There’s one where a spaceship blows up and the crew is sent tumbling through space where meteors lop off their limbs and the narrator burns up on re-entry.

Another where the house is automated that the kids are spoiled rotten and end up getting their parents eaten by lions. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 the narrator’s wife has a room filled with TV screens and is her favorite place – has a detrimental effect. “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” he says.

Ray Bradbury was a Master of Science fiction whose lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America. Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. His name would appear near the top of any list of major science-fiction writers of the 20th century.

In Mr. Bradbury’s lifetime, more than eight million copies of his books were sold in 36 languages. Mr. Bradbury was hardly the first writer to represent science and technology as a mixed bag of blessings and abominations. He talked about the future, perhaps his favorite subject, describing how it both attracted and repelled him, leaving him filled with apprehension and hope.

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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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