“The Pedestrian,” Ray Bradbury, 1950 – Society’s norm is the nuclear family and its preferred activity is watching television at home as a unit. The protagonist is out for a nightly stroll when his pastime draws the attention of the police, who regard his desire to be alone, outside, and away from the television as deviant.
Comments: Read in A Century of Science Fiction, ed. Silverberg.
Author: Wikipedia: “Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury is one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films.”