In 1953 Ray Bradbury wrote about the future in Fahrenheit 451. The character Guy Montag is a fireman in a futuristic world where his job is to set fire to books so that no one will read and consequently understand the hopelessness of reality. His wife lives with tiny shells in her ears and stares at a screen the size of the wall.
How he visualised our world of large screen TVs and I-Pods is amazing. He wrote with an amazingly accurate picture and view of the future. He described a world where we are all drugged with consumerism and shackled by entertainment.
However I will never forget this quotation from him
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future”
Ray Bradbury 1920 – 2012
– Science fiction and short story writer