Even brilliantly inventive masters of imaginative, lyrical fiction like Ray Bradbury get old and cranky. He’s about to turn 90 on August 22 and Bradbury has opened up to the Los Angeles Times about a number of things that grind his gears. Some of his targets may surprise you:
- Bradbury on our government: “I think our government needs a revolution. There is too much government today.”
- Bradbury on what Obama should be doing: “He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon [...] We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever.”
- Ray Bradbury, author of novels about travel to Mars and dystopic futures, on technology today: “We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”
- Bradbury on having his novels placed on e-readers: “I said to Yahoo, ‘Prick up your ears and go to hell.'”
Ray Bradbury week just began Sunday in L.A. and the author will be making further appearances to talk about his life and work and just who the heck else needs to get off his lawn.