Men Who Play With Toys

Legendary science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury passed away late last night. I’m not much of a sci-fi fan myself though I remember reading Bradbury as a kid especially after being introduced to Fahrenheit 451 in English class. Funny thing, I was just thinking about him yesterday, the newest New Yorker has an article written by him.

Even though he spent a lifetime writing about the future he was more interested in living in the past. He didn’t drive or fly, which he claimed was a result of having witnessed a fatal traffic accident as a child.

I enjoyed this quote of his:

“I’m not afraid of machines,” he told Writer’s Digest in 1976. “I don’t think the robots are taking over. I think the men who play with toys have taken over. And if we don’t take the toys out of their hands, we’re fools.”

Rest in peace.

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