Author Ray Bradbury once envisioned a world in which books are banned, four-wall-TVs exist, and humans colonize Mars. Well now he’s turning ninety, marked in L.A. with more than week’s worth of Bradbury screenings, tributes and events. Since his classics, Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, were written in the fifties, does he find the world today as crazy as he foresaw in fiction? “I think our country is in need of a revolution,” he said. “There is too much government today. We’ve got to remember the government should be by the people. 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.” That almost sounds like it’s actually not as bad as he once (awesomely) imagined it would be, but he doesn’t want to admit it!
Ray Bradbury hates big government: ‘Our country is in need of a revolution’ [Hero Complex/L.A. Times via Observer]