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Memory Eternal, Ray Bradbury

One thousand quotes could honor him, but I'll offer this one, In writing the short novel Fahrenheit 451 I thought I was describing a world that might evolve in four or five decades. But only a few weeks ago, in Beverly Hills one night, a husband and wife passed me, walking their dog. I stood staring after them, absolutely stunned. The woman held in one hand a small cigarette-package-sized radio, its antenna quivering. From this sprang tiny copper wires which ended in a dainty cone plugged into her right ear. There she was, oblivious to man and dog, listening to far winds and whispers and soap-opera cries, sleep-walking, helped up and down curbs by a husband who might just as well not have been there. This was not fiction.

A true prophet of human alienation by technology.
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Great quote!
He was a visionary to be sure!
I just watched and shared a brief interview where he describes the concept of the "holodeck" (yet to be invented in the purest sense.. but  clearly described by him in a brief and fleeting moment)
He's also responsible for predicting the ATM and televised fugutive car chases (I'm sure the "Juice" is grateful for that! lol)
 
He was one of the last great fiction writers alive.
 
Now.. why is it that we don't see such greats these days? Is it that the whole genre has been so completely explored that nothing original can be produced?.. or is it that people just don't read as much #scifi  now?..
I have to admit.. I just don't read as many scifi novels as I used to as a kid.. now it's dry and boring business and technical works and reports.. and tons of online posts in Social sites.
Has the heyday of Scifi passed us all by? now that we're almost living in a "scifi" world (at least compared to the early days of Orson Wells, Arthur C Clarke, Asimov and of course Bradbury)
 
I have my speculations. I think vulgarity has destabilized literary circles significantly. While I love Heinlein, I think he is partly responsible for this among serious writers.

I think also that creative types have found entirely knew media to work in. Imaginative people have tools beyond the literary to explore. 

There is some profound Japanese anime for example.

Give someone like Clarke Photoshop and iMovie at age 17 and I don't know that he would turn out to be an author, though you might find his work on DeviantArt and YouTube.

I also believe that fall of religion out of the public square has had something to do with it as well, but that's a more complicated (even if more interesting) point. Essentially, even for non-religious folk the loss of religion was the loss of a common mythology to write within the context of.
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