The Ray Bradbury Theater

Season 5 Episode 8

The Toynbee Convector

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Aired Unknown Oct 26, 1990 on USA
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The Toynbee Convector
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A man time travels to the future and returns to show the people what they have to look forward to.

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      • Roger: Mr. Stiles, how do you think you will react when just moments from now, you watch yourself, in effect, flash across the sky in your trip through time.
        Stiles: Gratitude. And love. It is me, isn't it?

      • Stiles: It was Toynbee who said, if a people, a civilization, does not rush to meet the future, the future will plow them under. Kill and bury them. Well, I saw the future rushing at me. And it entered my heart and seized my soul. It didn't frighten me, it obsessed me. I had to conquer time, save Mankind.

      • Roger: A golden age... built on a lie.
        Stiles: You don't understand, do you, son? Every one of us lives our life lying to ourselves. We weave dreams, and then put brains and ideas and flesh and reality beneath the dreams. And what seemed at first to be a lie, it's just a need wishing to be born.

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      • This episode is based on the short story "The Toynbee Convector" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Playboy (January, 1984).

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