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There Will Come Soft Rains

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,243 ratings  ·  83 reviews
First published in Collier's, May 6, 1950.

The story concerns a household in Allendale, California, in the aftermath of a nuclear war.
Paperback, 30 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Perfection Learning (first published May 6th 1950)
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Samuel
Mar 08, 2009 Samuel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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Sara Alaee
One of the greatest apocalyptic stories I've ever read...
Bill
I have only read the title short story, but it is truly fantastic.
Jack Kelly
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
John
Apr 25, 2010 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

Lynn
Jul 06, 2012 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lynn by: ryan's book
Shelves: mystudents, genius
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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Rebekah
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
Dystopic
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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Rose
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.
Merna
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.
Zee
This is, by far, my favorite short story of all time.
Kate
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
"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
Stephen
"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
Bella Ann
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.
Gene
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
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
Diocletian
A short story dealing with what would happen if humanity were destroyed. The main "character" is a house, which continues to function normally for a while, until a major accident happens and it is destroyed. It was a good short story, although I'm pretty sure we won't be living like it predicts we will by the year 2026.
Austin Wright
I remember reading this in 5th or 6th grade (1991/1992) as a classroom assignment. Our teacher then used it to talk about technology and the evils of atomic weapons.

I was surprised to see it, now, within "The Martian Chronicles". This was the best story in the book.
-RadioActiveBookWorm-
Absolutely loved this story, won't be posting it on my blog because I read it for school, but I loved it. It's just so interesting. A house that keeps running even after the apocalypse has happened and everyone's gone? Awesome. Just awesome.
Alice
I've had a limited amount of experience with Bradbury's work, and my lack of enthusiasm towards his best-known book, Fahrenheit 451, has dampened my opinion of him somewhat.

However, this story might be enough to completely change that.

Of course, it helps that he's working off a beautiful poem, yet he manages to echo the melancholy and eeriness that the poem contains.

The story is very low key, and almost subtle -- you don't really realize what it's doing until you reach the end of the story and g
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Estelle
lovely bit of tech-phobic sci-fi, not posthuman in the haraway/de landa/hollinger sense, but *literally* post human. it also made me search for more from sara teasedale who is great.
Shawna Harmon
After reading "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury, I felt disturbed by the thought of robots doing everything for us. The short story portrays a scene of total obliteration, following this the advanced technology begins to falter. Under the circumstances, the home eventually destroys itself all together, due to a massive fire. Nevertheless, it definetly draws attention to the future and what our world will look like in the following years. In my opinion, the importance of technology is ...more
Naylakf
we read this short story in class, it was futuristic and the imagery was very helpful. we discussed the 2 dimensional and the 3 dimensional characters too.
Jessica Heron
Mar 03, 2011 Jessica Heron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who can handle it
absolutely chilling. he plays with innocence and devastation so deftly. the only voice in the story is that of an automation - the voice is simple, like a nursery rhyme, but also scheduled and this is the aspect that is recognizable to the reader, the business, the routine of modern life, which helps connect us to the world in the story that is in the process of slow crumbling annihilation.

the scene is utterly violent, filled with death, decay, destruction, yet no despair - there are no human s
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Katherine Safley
There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury is a very interesting book. It shows a life in the future where a nuclear explosion occurs and the time in life this story is set in is changed. It shows what we could have in the future such as robotic mice that clean our messes. This short story was interesting yet confusing at the same time for me. It had many weird things happening, such as, the dog dying and the mice carrying him away. This confused me because I do not think of mice as robots. I wo ...more
Jade Lazzell
The short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is definitely an opinionated story. The author of this story is explaining that when all of the humans on earth are gone, the world will still be the same, and nothing will change. At the beginning of this story an atomic bomb is let off and kills everyone. But this one house still does everything. It makes breakfast in the morning, the sun comes up and goes down every day. Nothing is different than what it would be if humans were livi ...more
Krista
That was pure, haunting poetry under the cover of one of the most beautiful titles I've ever come across.
Melek
Okay, I've read it, now how the fuck will I write the academic critique of it? :/
KnKnism
technology outliving humans...makes you think.
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