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updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Ray Bradbury

MEN ARE FROM MARS

WHEN RAY BRADBURY VISITED the 1933 World's Fair, "I saw the future and was delighted," he says. Inspired, he wrote The Martian Chronicles in 1946. Now 75, the author, who didn't work on the Chronicles CD-ROM, has blunt views on modern technology—and modern life.

Do you own a computer?

No. I write on an IBM Wheelwriter. I could out-type you any day. I write a short story in three hours, and I don't change it. Computers are for changes.

Don't you want to be able to play the Chronicles CD-ROM?

I'm not a game player. That's the activity of boys, young men.... CD-ROMs are for men, not women.

Don't women have some of the same interests as men?

Haven't you noticed? They don't surf, do they? They don't ski as much as men. They don't play soccer. There are a lot of things that women don't do. Because they are built differently. Because their interests are different.

What do you see now for the future?

A completely moronic nation unless we do something about education. Unless we do that, the civilization is lost.

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