For years, I have enjoyed teaching Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Exiles” to my sophomores at Davis High School. It portrays a world in which fantasy and imagination have been banned. As a result, certain imaginative authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce and Charles Dickens have been exiled to Mars. When the last remaining copies of their works are destroyed, then they will no longer exist. Among these works is “A Christmas Carol.”
Bradbury’s story makes for an amusing and thought-provoking read — I just never thought I’d see it enacted in my own town.