Another passing – Mr. Ray Bradbury died last night.
Read the Slate article by John Plotz, see cover art from various editions/ years of Fahrenheit 451 here, and read Mike Allen’s tribute to Mr. Bradbury here. The Huffington Post’s article includes this: “In a 2010 interview with The Paris Review, he reflected on how science fiction offers a more precise lens for cultural criticism than straight fiction.”
In the Paris Review interview Ray Bradbury said this: “Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
And this: “I often use the metaphor of Perseus and the head of Medusa when I speak of science fiction. Instead of looking into the face of truth, you look over your shoulder into the bronze surface of a reflecting shield. Then you reach back with your sword and cut off the head of Medusa. Science fiction pretends to look into the future but it’s really looking at a reflection of what is already in front of us.”
Science fiction is the art of the possible.
Thank you Ray, for all your works of wonder and for changing the world.