The Illustrated man has his body illustrated, not tattooed by someone who came back from the future. It happened when he was just twenty years old. Since then every night his illustrations moves, they tell stories. Stories of what is going to happen to the world, and to the people who are looking at his body.
The illustrated man is always alone, every time that his illustrations start moving and telling the future, he loses his job, and no one wants to be close to him.
We will get to know eighteen short stories dropping directly from his body. We need to be worried about our future because the future shows us how dangerous humankind always is.
Apart from the Prologue that tells us about The Illustrated man, we have in this book these other short stories:
The Other Foot
The long rain
“They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.”
“Ignorance is fatal, Mr Garrett.”
The last night of the world
No particular night or morning
The fox and the forest
My favourites: The Prologue, The Veld, The highway, Usher II, The last night of the world, Marionettes, Inc, and The Epilogue.
Ray Bradbury was an American fantasy and horror author who rejected being categorized as a science fiction author, claiming that his work was based on the fantastical and unreal. His best known novel is Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian study of future American society in which critical thought is outlawed. He is also remembered for several other popular works, including The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Bradbury won the Pulitzer in 2004, and is one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century. He died in Los Angeles on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.