Fantasy and speculative fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Best known for his dystopian classic Farheinheit 451, Ray never obtained a driver’s license in his life. I admire him for that. Especially if he still drove anyways.
Despite the numerous (and often prescient) technological predictions of his novels, he expressed skepticism about the value of the Internet to society, stating that it has reduced people’s ability to communicate and hold conversations with each other. He has also exhibited scepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books and stating that
“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.”
Bradbury has chosen a burial place at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery and a headstone that reads “Author of Fahrenheit 451″.
“We have too many machines now.” Truly a man after my own heart. He caught a glimpse of the future, and he was worried about it — as we all should be. *burning pile of Kindles and iPads in remembrance* Rest in peace, Ray.
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