10 Ray Bradbury predictions that came true
By Hayley Tsukayama | BangorDailyNews.com
The literary, tech and thinking worlds are mourning the loss of Ray Bradbury, the revered science-fiction writer who died Wednesday at age 91. Bradbury, best known for his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, used his imagination to take a hard look at a world locked in a growing love affair with technology. His stories examined what humanity gained and lost by being plugged-in.
Here are some of Bradburys more prescient predictions.
The people in the Fahrenheit 451″ society sport seashells and thimble radios, which bear a striking resemblance to earbuds and Bluetooth headsets.
Members of that futuristic society are also as obsessed with their large, flat-screen televisions as are todays technophiles, and the viewing screens in Bradburys stories often take up an entire wall.
In fact, the novel mentions that people are talking to their friends through the digital wall the same terminology that Facebook would use years later for the digital hub that enables friends to post and see messages.
The loneliness that can come from constantly paying attention to the screens around you, rather than the life around you, is a prevalent theme in Bradburys work. He explored it in his short story The Pedestrian, in which protagonist Leonard Mead is arrested for the crimes of taking a walk and not owning a television.
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