Science Fiction Classic Turns 50

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a chilling book about the not too distant future, is 50 years old this year. In many ways it has come to pass. Oh, firemen don’t come and start fires, but the indifference our society has towards books and learning, and our growing addiction to the vacuous banality of television are certainly true. The quote from Bradbury, now 82, really struck me: “I wasn’t trying to predict the future,” he says. “I was trying to prevent it.”