Sunday 9 October 2022

Ray Bradbury saw it all coming

"They passed a law. Oh, it started very small. In 1950 and '60 it was a grain of sand. They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”

The Martian Chronicles, 1950.


  1. Well, let us hope not. Six chapters afterwards , the settlers of Mars watch the destruction of Earth in a nuclear holocaust. Somehow , the thought of Elon Musk as a GodLord and future of humanity fills me with a certain disquiet.

  2. I think he was closer in his short story ‘The Pedestrian’ and quite sure it would strike a sympathetic chord with you.