Something Wicked This Way Comes

Rest in peace, Ray Bradbury.

Recently we lost a “master of science fiction” as he was called in the New York Times – Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is always a centerpiece of our Banned Books Week display here at the library, both for its content about the censorship of books and ideas, and as a challenged book in itself.

But Bradbury was also one of the most groundbreaking sci-fi authors of the 20th century, who brought science fiction into the mainstream. And he was also a huge supporter of libraries, even once saying he “graduated from the library.” Check out the Bradbury titles we have at Fitchburg State, or at your own local public library.

They opened the door and stepped in.
They stopped.
The library deeps lay waiting for them.
Out in the world, not much happened. But here in the special night, a land bricked with paper and leather, anything might happen, always did. Listen! and you heard ten thousand people screaming so high only dogs feathered their ears. A million folk ran toting cannons, sharpening guillotines; Chinese, four abreast marched on forever. Invisible, silent, yes, but Jim and Will had the gift of ears and noses as well as the gift of tongues. This was a factory of spices from far countries. Here alien deserts slumbered.

~ Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury


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