Ray Bradbury, Iconic Science Fiction Writer, Made His Mark on Miami
|Ray Bradbury in 1975.|
Sadly, Bradbury moved on to that fantasy-land in the sky Tuesday, at the age of 91. But here in Miami, we'll forever remember him as a prognosticator of the modern age -- and one hell of a prune hawker.
|Miami Dade College|
|You can't handle the truth.|
This uber-bizarre '60s prune commercial starring none other than Bradbury himself showcases a futuristic home and family, and predicts that people of the year 2001 will have wall-to-wall TVs (spot on), travel in
Is it just us, or does this house and all-white wardrobe look like something straight out of South Beach?
His influence on music still permeates. Deadmau5 penned a song inspired by his short story The Veldt, and Elton John's Rocket Man (written by Bernie Taupin) is based on Bradbury's story of the same name. Not to mention the other examples you may or may not have heard of. You can watch Deadmau5 performing The Veldt at South Beach's own Amnesia a couple months back below.
Doesn't this sound like an apt criticism of a society where citizens frequently cause fatal wrecks because they can't put down their smartphones? Bradbury never even got his driver's license. Here in Miami, we all could've used a little more Bradbury in our lives.
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