253.4 Mr. Leonard Mead] The name of the pedestrian reflects this storyâ€™s close creative connections to â€śThe Firemanâ€ť and Fahrenheit 451, whose protagonist is named Leonard Montag. But there are other analogs; Leonard (Leo) was also the Christian name of Bradburyâ€™s father.
253.8 A.D. 2131,] In revising for The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953), Bradbury reset the date of the story to a century after first publicationâ€”2052 A.D. This created a contradiction later in the tale, where the date of â€ślast yearâ€™s electionâ€ť had also been reset to 2052. The error carried over into Twice Twenty-Two (1966), but Doubledayâ€™s Young Adult editors were more vigilant in preparing â€śThe Pedestrianâ€ť for inclusion in S Is for Space (1966). For this volume (and the 1990 edition of Classsic Sories 2), the date at this point was correctly recalibrated to read 2053.
254.3â€“6 Forâ€¦time.] Bradbury may have decided, in retrospect, that this passage gave away too much too early in the story. In all later published versions, he moved the substance of this passage six paragraphs further into the narrative (250.32â€“251.3).
255.18â€“19 a year ago, 2130,] In all subsequent versions of the story, Bradbury reset the date of this event (one year in the past of the main action) to 2052 A.D.