Since Ray Bradbury's death on June 5, his most famous work has been steadily increasing in sales. The newest trade paperback edition of Fahrenheit 451, published in January 2012 by Simon & Schuster, has returned to the bestseller list.
Bradbury said "Fahrenheit 451," based on a novella he called "The Fireman," was his only work of science fiction.
The 1953 book centers on Guy Montag, a fireman of the future charged with burning books. Bradbury said the story was inspired by the Nazi book bonfires of the 1930s that he saw in movie newsreels as a young man.
Bradbury said "Fahrenheit 451" was not necessarily about top-down censorship."The real threat is not from Big Brother, but from little sister (and) all those groups, men and women, who want to impose their views from below," he told the Times of London in 1993. "If you allow every minority to grab one book off the shelf, you'll have nothing in the library."
If you never read 'Fahrenheit 451', or haven't read it for some time, now is the time to take a look. You can find 'Fahrenheit 451' and other classic Ray Bradbury titles in both the Fiction and Science Fiction areas of the Westlake Porter Public Library.