The FBI Investigation Into Ray Bradbury's Communist Leanings
Informant stated that the general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe could not be won since their morale had been seriously destroyed.
Straight from the FBI report on Ray Bradbury. Would have been nice if they'd studied his prose a little bit. That sentence, good God.
Recently-released documents show that the FBI looked into Ray Bradbury for a decade, trying to figure out whether he was a communist threat to the United States.
Damning evidence includes Bradbury's dislike of McCarthysim, the way his Martian Chronicles portrayed earthmen as "despoilers and not developers", and his attendance of anti-Vietnam protests.
In addition, it was suspected that science fiction writing, in general, was potentially a Communist plot to subvert American values, replacing them instead with "the potentialities of science." What a dystopia that would be.
You can read all the documents here. Try to ignore the irony of Russia banning Fahrenheit 451 in this context.
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