Trillium Newsletter, Volume 1 No 1, Fall/Winter 1984:
Imagine a future where books are illegal. Where Firemen come not to save houses, but to burn them for the books inside. And where you, Guy Montag, are a rebel Fireman with a passion for books—the most wanted fugitive in the country.
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In this interactive adventure, a sequel to one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time, you will control, even experience first-hand the adventures of Montag as he sets forth on his mission to restore to the world the freedom it once had.
Fahrenheit 451 is the first program to be produced with the collaboration of Ray Bradbury. One of the giants of his field, Bradbury is probably known to a larger audience than any other living science fiction author.
Contributed by Jacqke (966) on Jul 20, 2004.
The time is not too long from now. The place is New York City. Yet it is a setting few of us would ever recognize.
For this is a world where simply owning a book is dangerously illegal. Where Firemen come not to save houses, but to burn them for the books inside. And where you, once a dedicated Fireman, are now a rebel with a passion for books - and the most wanted fugitive in the country.
There are still a few people who can help you - your fellow members of the Underground. They can tell you how to fool the deadly Mechanical Hounds, how to steal a Fireman's uniform, how to avoid the military ID checkpoints.
Yet escape is not your main concern. You are possessed, driven onward by your own unflinching ideals. You feel a desperate need to fight, to push back ignorance, to vindicate every page a Fireman has ever burned.
But how? How can a hunted criminal bring the books of the world back from the edge of extinction? The chances seem pitifully small. And yet, with a little cunning, a little stealth, a little careful planning...
"I'm thrilled to be participating in the evolution of my Fahrenheit 451 into a computer adventure. For anybody curious about what happens to Montag after the book ends, or about what science fiction software might be, here is an exciting place to start."
Fahrenheit 451 is the first computer adventure game to be produced in collaboration with Ray Bradbury. It offers an advanced parser, multiple disk sides for extended play, and the ability to be played with or without graphics. Also included with this package is a specially written prologue by Mr. Bradbury that establishes the background for the game.
RAY BRADBURY, world-renowned author of such science fiction classics as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, has written for television, theatre, radio, and film, and has been published by virtually every major American magazine. Written over thirty years ago, Fahrenheit 451 remains his best-known work, and is an acknowledged classic as well as one of the world's finest science fiction novels.
The adventure game Fahrenheit 451 was produced and developed by Byron Preiss Video Productions, Inc., leading designers of entertainment and educational software. Their technical director is Lee Jacknow.
Contributed by Belboz (6578) on Mar 05, 2004.