10 Ray Bradbury predictions that came true
2012-06-07 0:00

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 Bradbury’s 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 today’s technophiles, and the viewing screens in Bradbury’s 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 Bradbury’s 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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