The Illustrated Man
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 13 November 1995
- Science Fiction
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Because I was young, and my brain wasn't too crowded, the stories were indelibly branded on my brain. I'm almost afraid to revisit The Veldt, lest it disappoint. This was assigned reading in fifth or sixth grade, and the stories are deeply embedded in my brain.
Superb stories and most of them are creepy. Bradbury is clearly at home writing science fiction. Some of the stories feel redundant when you get to the third or fourth story about astronauts but the whole collection is worth reading. Each story, individually, sustains itself pretty well. My favorite involves a group of astronauts hurtling trough space hundreds or thousands of miles away from each other after their space shuttle explodes. They can hear each other over their comm devices but they can not help but float until their oxygen (or sanity) runs out.
Hands down the most ingenious idea for a collection of short stories. This is Ray Bradbury's opus. Brilliant. The likes of which has not been matched.
here lies the greatest collection of imaginative stories put together in science fiction - at least from what i've read. the movie is nothing like the book; well, it is something like it, but it could not create the subtle technological malevolence of "the city." nor the vast oneliness of spacemen falling apart from each other.
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