Ray Bradbury: in space, paraplegics will be freed from gravity

In November 1951, “l’Observateur”, ancestor of “l’Obs”, devoted two pages to science fiction and Louis Capace (pseudonym of Michel Pilotin, writer and publisher of SF) observed: “There is an intellectual excitement there, a logical intoxication that never fails to stimulate. » ” The new observer “ has devoted many articles over the years to SF works, especially books, but sometimes others too, especially cinema.

This is why this summer, we are offering you a (re)discovery of several “Nouvel Obs” archives, around authors, works or more broadly the state of science fiction.

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Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) may well be the author of texts imbued with nostalgia or anguish like “Fahrenheit 451”, but he was optimistic about the future in general and that of technology in particular. The text he wrote in June 1986, which we republish here, refers to the explosions of the shuttle Challenger in January and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April. Two major accidents which have greatly undermined the dream of perfect progress, but the author of the “Chroniques martiennes” deplores while “we are now indulging in exaggerated panic in questioning what once seemed like a fabulous future”.

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Another optimistic view is that

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