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There Will Come Soft Rains

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Leonard Nimoy reads the Ray Bradbury classic.
Audiobook, 6 pages
Published 1975 by Caedmon (first published May 6th 1950)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A classic SF short story by Ray Bradbury, about an intelligent house carrying on in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. Bradbury creates a melancholy world with many small details, as the house takes care of breakfast and informs the absent owners of things that need to be done. And then this sobering paragraph:
The garden sprinklers whirled up in golden founts, filling the soft morning air with scatterings of brightness. The water pelted windowpanes, running down the charred west side where the
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Where this short story really soars is its setting; Bradbury creates a haunting, melancholy atmosphere subtly and without using any cheap tricks. The imagery of the house calmly and faithfully carrying out its daily duties while the world crumbles around it is one that will stay in your mind for a long time.

For those of you that have played the video game Fallout 3, there is also an allusion to this story in it. In fact, the developers created their own spin on the famous Ray Bradbury "smart hou
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Anuradha
Recommended by Mia's lovely review.

Bradbury crafts in this an eerie tale of death and destruction, of a world where the house lives, and goes about its daily activities even as its residents have perished in a disaster. I can tell you one thing, I do not want to be around when this actually happens.

Find it here.
Samuel
Mar 08, 2009 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hearts; R.I.P CODY BUSSARD
The book is a practical book concerning the power of fire and science.

"There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground
and swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night
and wild plum trees in tremulous white;

robins will wear their feathery fire,
whisling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And spring herself, whe
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Jack Kelly
Sep 11, 2014 Jack Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it's my love of the Fallout games, perhaps it's my soft spot for Ray Bradbury, but this science-fiction short story is one of the greatest I have ever read. The day is August 4, 2026. A robotic house attempts to wake it's inhabitants, to no avail. Undeterred, the house goes about it's daily schedule. It all seems harmless enough, until we learn that the family had died, destroyed in a nuclear blast. Things only get worse when a starving dog (perhaps the family's own, though it is unknown ...more
Bill
Apr 20, 2009 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read the title short story, but it is truly fantastic.
Sara Alaee
Oct 31, 2014 Sara Alaee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
One of the greatest apocalyptic stories I've ever read...
Christopher
The thing about this story is that it is great if you keep in mind that it was written in 1950, when the idea of an automated house wasn't yet a sci-fi mainstay. Today, it is rather 'meh', and there are certainly better short-stories out there.

But as with perhaps every other item on my short-story shelf, it can be found free online, so you might has well give it your 15 minutes.
Nərmin
Such a short story! But very beautifully, poetically written, melancholic and sad((( And I also loved the poem it took the name from/ Here are some sample:

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound...
...
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
if mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
John
Apr 25, 2010 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna

This is one of my all time favorite short stories. It is also one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces of science fiction ever written. Reading this won't take much of your time, but it might just linger with you for a long time.

Carson Burch
The story takes place in Allendale, California on August 4, 2026 inside of an empty futuristic house where everything is automated by a computer that is completely unaware that the house is empty. Because the house doesn’t know that it’s empty it keeps doing the tasks that it was programmed to do. (Cooking, cleaning, ect.) Little does the house know, everything around it has been destroyed by some unknown cataclysmic event that had wiped out everything, and the house is none the wiser. To be hon ...more
Lynn
Jul 06, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lynn by: ryan's book
Shelves: genius, mystudents
I chanced upon this short story in a text.. and considering I have never read Bradbury, this one catapulted me into his fantasmical reality of irony, beauty, sadness and perfection all at once. Bradbury definitely has a beautiful mind.

What I can say is that it's allusions are crisp, clear and clever.. words written with deep joy and beauty that only emerges from one with a great vision for the world and future. Considering this was written for 2026, his vision for the future is not far off to ho
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Rebe
Nov 21, 2012 Rebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I'm a fan of Bradbury's writing in general, but I've been in awe of this short story (from The Martian Chronicles, a book I admittedly haven't read in full) since it was first read aloud to my class by one of my creative writing teachers several years ago. The theme is profound, but even more admirable is the way Bradbury presents it. The main character is not a human being but a house. I also loved Bradbury's incorporation of one of my favorite poets, Sara Teasdale. I won't say any ...more
Suellen

Written in 1950, Bradbury tells the tale of the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. The year is 2026 and it describes a very technologically advanced house that continues functioning even after all the residents are gone. Kind of creepy but so worth the read!
Nicole Hale
Everyone should read Bradbury. Period. This particular short story I have read many times over the years, and it's imagery and metaphor has stayed with me always. In fact, I would dare say that this is my favorite thing to read. It never grows old.
Rose
Sep 29, 2009 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Powerful, atmospheric and effective. All the things One Second After wanted to be and wasn't is summed up in this frightening short story by Ray Bradbury. This scary little story will haunt you long after you have read the last page.
Concertina
Jul 07, 2015 Concertina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que el combo con el corto fue lo que le dio la cuarta estrellita.

Aquí el corto hecho por rusos mis amores <3

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x86b...
Merna
Nov 20, 2011 Merna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The insane level of creativity is forgotten to the incredible themes and hidden meanings in such a short story. A truly impressive work of authentic fiction.
Chelsey
Mar 27, 2015 Chelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silhouettes, ticking clocks, and the end of humanity. Wow this was good.
Zee
Jan 07, 2008 Zee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, by far, my favorite short story of all time.
Dawn
Dec 01, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There Will Come Soft Rains
Short Story by Ray Bradbury

Disturbing tale of what remains after a nuclear blast in 2026. The McClellan home in Allendale, CA, is the last remaining building standing. It continues functioning normally in a futuristic fashion even though the family who lived there is no longer present. Breakfasts are made, baths are run, dishes are washed, poems are read with soft music playing in the background, cigars are lit, etc., just as the family has programmed the home to do as
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Kate
Dec 08, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the end of the world, "life" goes on. The machines do their daily tasks, even though the humans they do the tasks for have perished. They do not seem to notice the humans' absence. They blare the alarm clock, cook the breakfast then clean up the uneaten food, and clean, and spray, and sweep, and dust.

There is something quite disturbingly sad about the machines' brisk performance of chores and their seeming unawareness that they are alone. For this corner of lifeless world, the house is bu
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Gretchen
Sep 13, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is about a house that works its self even after there is no humans left on earth. There was an atomic bomb at the begining of the story which wiped out all people. Now, this one house is left. Even though the family is not there, the house still makes breakfast in the morning and dinner at night. The robot cleaning mice in the house still clean, and the clock still sings. The general idea of this story is that the world will be the same with or witho ...more
Dystopic
Jan 12, 2014 Dystopic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm in safe hands when I read a Ray Bradbury short story, but even if I was unaware of his work I would be immediately assured by the stunning title There Will Come Soft Rains,
And it is very, very good. The story is set in the year 2026 in a sophisticated, self-sustaining house surrounded by a barren wasteland of rubble. The family that had occupied the home must have died a long time before in some sort of nuclear war, as is hinted at via the ruined landscape, but the house is ignorant t
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Stephen
Sep 16, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is about a house that works its self even after there is no humans left on earth. There was an atomic bomb at the begining of the story which wiped out all people. Now, this one house is left. Even though the family is not there, the house still makes breakfast in the morning and dinner at night. The robot cleaning mice in the house still clean, and the clock still sings. The general idea of this story is that the world will be the same with or withou ...more
Gene
Jan 14, 2013 Gene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, dystopian
I was surprised at how short this story was. You can probably read it in about 15 minutes. Despite it's length, it was thought provoking. Even better, it seems to be published online.

Set in a post-apocalyptic futuristic world, humans have been obliterated. But the worlds goes on, if only for a little while. We get to see the remains of our machinations and it's deterioration as our legacy crumbles into oblivion.

Ironically, and purposefully, Bradbury's story shares its title with a 1920's poem by
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Jacob
Sep 16, 2013 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bardbury, was a story about how an atomic bomb blew up everything around this one home that some how survived. This house isn't like any other home. It has mice that clean, walls and the ceiling talk, and the home has robot arms that cook for you. Also, the door opens to the dog when it barks. It remember what the dog sounds like. But the dog hasn't ate what seems to be weeks and could seem to fine food and couldn't get in the kitchen either. So it e ...more
Matthijs
Nov 25, 2014 Matthijs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in
choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly"

/

"There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will
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Emma
Jan 26, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bradbury has truly shown the true colors of humanity with this wonderful short story. I remember reading this several years ago, and it has stuck as a poignant and mind opening read ever since. Bradbury's unique science fiction writing has always fascinated me, this short story included, and his words are frightful because they are becoming prevalent in our current society. Although brief, this story will fascinate and intrigue me for years to come, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a s ...more
Bailey Stanley
I give this a 2.5/5 stars. It was an okay short story.
I read "There Will Come Soft rains" for school. It was very interesting. But it was completely hard to understand by just reading it. I had to luck more clearly at it for an assignment, so while I was analyzing for my assignment... I started to someone enjoy it more.
Overall I did like this short story but i will never read this voluntarily.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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