For more than half a century science fiction writers have thrilled
and challenged readers with visions of the future and future worlds.
These authors offered an insight into what they expected man, society,
and life to be like at some future time.
One such author, Ray Bradbury, utilized this concept in his work,
Fahrenheit 451, a futuristic look at a man and his role in society.
Bradbury utilizes the luxuries of life in America today, in addition
to various occupations and technological advances, to show what life
could be like if the future takes a drastic turn for the worse. He
turns man's best friend, the dog, against man, changes the role of
public servants and changes the value of a person.
Aldous Huxley also uses the concept of society out of control in
his science fiction novel Brave New World. Written late in his career,
Brave New World also deals with man in a changed society.
his readers to look at the role of science and literature in the
future world, scared that it may be rendered useless and discarded.
Unlike Bradbury, Huxley includes in his book a group of people
unaffected by the changes in society, a group that still has religious
beliefs and marriage, things no longer part of the changed society, to
compare and contrast today's culture with his proposed futuristic
But one theme that both Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 use in
common is the theme of individual discovery by refusing to accept a
passive approach to life, and refusing to conform. In addition, the
refusal of various methods of escape from reality is shown to be a
path to discovery. In Brave New World, the main characters of Bernard
Marx and the "Savage" boy John both come to realize...