One of us

by Henry Farrell on September 16, 2003

The “New Yorker”: reveals that Wesley Clark has outed himself not only as a Democrat, but as a sf fan.

bq. “I wanted to be an astronaut,” Clark said. “That was back when we had a real space program. We all wanted to invade the red planet, right out of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Martian Chronicles.’”

bq. The Oxonian looked puzzled, and Clark asked, “Are you familiar with Ray Bradbury?” He was not. “Not a science-fiction fan? What about ‘Lord of the Rings’? ”



Ted Barlow 09.16.03 at 2:44 am

I’m thinking of the Simpsons where Bart and Martin are running for class president.

MARTIN: If elected, I promise to have a library with the ABCs of science fiction. Asimov! Bester! Clark!

STUDENT: What about Ray Bradbury?

MARTIN: (crossly) Yes, I’m aware of his work.


JRC 09.16.03 at 8:43 pm

Okay, so I’ve been a Dean supporter all this time. . .but given the choice between Dean and a legitimate Sci-Fi fan. . .well, let’s just say it’s a hard choice.



Liz 09.17.03 at 12:20 am

Exactly. Back in 1995 when it looked as though Gingrich was going to rule the world, I thought he was an absolute nightmare, but I had this sneaking little hint of “At least he’s in love with the space program.”

I’m still with Dean, but I won’t be crying if Clark takes it away from him.


phil 09.17.03 at 8:56 pm

The Washington Post has a photo series that defies permalinking, so you’ll have to search it out. It includes some old high school photos of Clark.

He was in the math club.


mc_masterchef 09.20.03 at 3:18 pm

Yes, yes, but where does the candidate stand on the works of Robert Heinlein? The American public wants to know!

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