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Hello,

I am a Grade 11 student and I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions about Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. This is a project that is to be completed prior to me reading the book, where I ask experts about their opinion on the book. So, I have not yet read the book but I have a general idea of what the story is about.
1) What is your opinion on Fahrenheit 451 and its relevance to our world today?
2) What are five or six key words you would use to describe your views on Fahrenheit 451?
3) How long a go did you read Fahrenheit 451?

Thank you so much for your help! It is greatly appreciated!

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Rishika:

I typically don't help with homework assignments, but I'll make an exception in this case.

1) I think Fahrenheit 451 is a masterpiece and entirely relevant to the world today. Because you see, Fahrenheit 451 isn't about books, really, but about what the books contain: ideas. And as the story shows, the ideas can survive, even without the physical books. In today's world, we still have societies trying to stamp out progressive thought.  Fahrenheit 451 can serve as an inspiration, showing that such things can't be eradicated.

2) To describe my views, I'd say: inspirational, cautionary, dystopian, rebellious, and brutal.

3) I've read it two or three times, but regret to say my last reading was more than 20 years ago.

Good luck with your project.

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I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.

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For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

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My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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