“The Pedestrian,” by Ray BradburySeptember 12, 2011
The Book: “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury. Originally published in “The Reporter” in 1951. Story was read in The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury published by Bantum Books in 1961.
The Setting: 2053, Earth
The Story: A lone man walks the streets of a city after dark, instead of watching tv.
The Science: Bradbury sees a future where people watch tv and no one reads. People still read, though, obviously, even if we watch a lot of tv, and even if the reading we do is on the internet, or the kindle, or the nook. One can see where Bradbury could imagine such a future, but I’m glad it isn’t here yet.
The Reaction: Another quick bite of fiction, but not his best.
The Cover: Same as last time.
Next Up: “The Fog Horn” by Ray Bradbury.