This week’s Heartlander is Ray Bradbury. Along with many of the other pioneers of Science Fiction, he gave us a glimpse of today—flat screen TVs, the world of wireless, computerization—decades in advance. Much of his work stood in contrast to the bulk of mid-20th Century Science Fiction, which tended to provide a utopiaistic view of technology-driven futures, with social ills cured with the push of a button. Mr. Bradbury’s work tended toward a melancholy or foreboding tone, cautionary tales of future worlds that were never as ideal as they seemed at first, where people were still people, gadgets or no.
You did more than your share, Sir. Rest in Peace.