Are there any restrictions on the science-fiction writer? Have you the freedom to write what you want?
RB: No restrictions I can think of. In fact, it is probably the freest field of all. During the McCarthy reign of terror, I wrote a novel titled Fahrenheit 451 which was a direct attack on the kind of thought-destroying force he represented in the world. Yet few people attacked me for writing an anti-McCarthy novel. I was able to propagandize without getting myself stoned or pummeled. Later, the Russians pirated an edition of this same book, which I hear has sold very well in Russia. Obviously, because it is science fiction, they haven’t gotten the message that I meant all kinds of tyrannies anywhere in the world at any time, right, left or middle. So I have been a subversive force, if you like, in the USSR, while being equally subversive here.