Concept

Super Terrain, artists and graphic designers collective, reinterprets the science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.

In this dystopia, books – being the objects of resistance to the tyranny of happiness – are forbidden, tracked down and burned by the firemen. This special edition, appearing at first black as if carbonized, reveals its visionary content as soon as it is exposed to heat from a flame or hand. A sensitive link is drawn between the book as a material and the content of the novel. The paperback goes back to black as it cools down.

In the time of ubiquitous digital and screens, this edition embodies the questions raised by Ray Bradbury on the role of memory and culture in our society.

After the broadcasting of the display video, there was a great demand and Super Terrain decided to launch a pre-order campaign for the production of Fahrenheit 451, limited to 300 copies. The production being subject to a minimum number of pre-orders, if less than 150 copies are pre-sold, the production will not be honored and a refund will be sent. If the number 150 is reached, the production is launched and the books will be ready to heat early 2019.

— Technical details :
Limited edition of 300 copies
Signed and numbered
Language : US version, 
original text by Ray Bradbury
Dimensions : 12×18 cm / 4.72 x 7.09 inches
Printing : Offset + Screenprinting
Binding : Edition bound
194 pages on fireproof paper (M1)
+ Soft cover
+ Printed book edge
+ Book case

Early Birds Price until December 31, 2018 :
330 euros — about 388 $
Shipping charges are included in the pre-order price (Customs dues are not included for order coming from out of European Union).
Retail Price after January 1, 2019 :
390 euros — about 451 $

All images of the book displayed on the website are made with a book-prototype. Non-contractual Vues. ©Super Terrain

Manifesto

Do you ever read any of the books you burn? 1

Super Terrain, artist and graphic designers collective, presents a limited edition of Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel : Fahrenheit 451. This dystopia shows firemen burning books as they are seen as obstacles to peace and happiness. The author questions the central role played by books in culture and exposes the possible drifts of a society ruled by immediacy. This tyranny of happiness prevents any form of contestation that could be nurtured by reflexion, memory or culture in books or works of art.

It’ s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan.2

This new edition of Fahrenheit 451 by Super Terrain is an artist’s book in which the object echoes the fiction it contains. At first glance, it is completely black, as if carbonized, already a victim of the firemen’s assault. But, as you warm it up with a flame or with your hand, page after page, the black ink disappears and reveals Bradbury’s text. As it cools down, it goes back to black, neat and apparently deprived of its power of subversion, memory and reflexion.

Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.3

This black book could be part of Bradbury’s fiction as a trick to keep and hide away the books from the pyromaniac firemen. By setting the book on fire, the reader plunges into the novel and becomes the hyphen between reality and fiction. This edition underlines Fahrenheit 451’s contemporaneity. In the 1950’s when the novel was written, screens began creeping in homes, which they invade nowadays.

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.4

In the time of continuous flow of images, selfies, fake news, tweets and other “digest-digest-digests”, Super Terrain delivers us the contemporary reading of Fahrenheit 451. So far, the display video of Fahrenheit 451 by Super Terrain has more than three million views on the internet and social networks, which shows a great resonance with our contemporary world.

1 • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, p. 21, Simon & Schusters Paperback.
2 • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, p. 29, Simon & Schusters Paperback.
3 • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, p. 99, Simon & Schusters Paperback.
4 • Ray Bradbury in an interview about Fahrenheit 451.

Pre-sale

150 copies are available on pre-sale.
Each copy is signed and numbered.

Early Birds Price until December 31, 2018 :
330 euros — about 388 $
Shipping charges are included in the pre-order price (Customs dues are not included for order coming from out of European Union).
Retail Price after January 1, 2019 :
390 euros — about 451 $

Pre-order here

The book will be produced if the presale campaign reaches the number 150 before 31th December 2018. Otherwise, Editions Super Terrain will refund every buyer.

Order follow-up
Our team will keep you updated with each step of the production (printing, binding, shipping, etc) via the newsletter dedicated to this project.

Production
Once the pre-sale campaign is closed, the production will start in January 2019.

Shipping
You will be informed of the shipping schedule at the end of the pre-sale campaign. The book will be shipped in its dedicated book-case and in an appropriate packaging.

All images of the book displayed on the website are made with a book-prototype. Non-contractual Vues. ©Super Terrain

Press Corner

Credits

— Original Text :
Ray Bradbury

— Original Idea and Concept :
Lucas Meyer / Super Terrain

— Graphic Design :
Super Terrain

— Publisher :
Editions Super Terrain

— Autor’s Right :
Agence Michel Lapautre (FR) — Don Congdon (USA)

— PR Manager :
Virginie Laurent

— Website Developer :
Waldeck Néel

Credit : Photo by Alan Light, 1973.

Contacts

Editions Super Terrain
Quentin Bodin
Luc de Fouquet
Lucas Meyer

Public Relations Manager :
Virginie Laurent

102 rue Francis de Préssensé
44000 Nantes — France

Inquiries :
Virginie Laurent +33 [0]6 02 50 36 65
editions[at]superterrain[dot]fr