R Is for Rocket
R Is for Rocket (1943)
The End of the Beginning (1956)
The Fog Horn (1951)
The Rocket (1950)
The Rocket Man (1951)
The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953)
A Sound of Thunder (1952)
The Long Rain (1950)
The Exiles (1949)
Here There Be Tygers (1951)
The Strawberry Window (1955)
The Dragon (1955)
The Gift (1952)
Frost and Fire (1946)
Uncle Einar (1947)
The Time Machine (1955)
I avoided this particular collection for a long time because of the title. That was a dumb mistake I'd like to think I'll nev...more
Some day I'll try to pay my respects by writing fiction in which people travel through space in rockets, it rains on Venus, Mars has crumbling...more
I'm sure that's true for lots of people.
There was a bookstore in Milwaukee, somewhere on the East Side, called Webster's Bookstore, the only bookstore during my childhood to have a special section just for dinosaur books. I pestered my father often to take me there, and sometimes he acquiesced, and I would slowly make my way through the shelf devoted to prehistoric things, trying to narrow down the collection to just one book I could ask my father to...more
There are great and famous stories here. The Foghorn....the story of a lighthouse foghorn singing its sad song....and calling up something from the de...more
This book was both good and bad, since it was full of short stories. Seventeen short stories in all and most were science fiction, Bradbury's specialty.
These were my favorites and the reasons why:
The Fog Horn - Loch Ness is in love with a foghorn. What is there not to like?
The Long Rain - By far the most horrifying of all the stor...more
The stories are true Golden Age stuff,...more
And; If you haven't read any of his work, hang your head in shame. Then go buy some of his work and rea...more
Overall I was not very impressed with this book; it didn’t seem up to the usual standard I’ve come to expect from Bradbury’s imagination. Not all of the stories were science fiction which surprised me and many of those that were science fiction I had already read elsewhere. For example; The Rocket Man, The Long Rain and The Rocket were all featured in another (and vastly superior) collection of Bradbury’s short sto...more
LOVE: They're poetically written.
HATE: They're filled with the cliches of hostile aliens and alien worlds. Can't mankind visit a place and fight his own self-destructive tendencies or apes (h/t to Scott Meyer) rather than hostile aliens?
LOVE: The stories' old feel. Bradbury is steeped in the science fiction of the pulp era, where they're not afraid to do put near anything.
I suppose, at least, it's good that he doesn't h...more
A spaceship captain determined to gather a cupful of the sun. . .a nubile young witch who yearns to taste human love. . .an expedition that hunts dinosaurs across the fragile and dangerous chasm of time. . . These strange and wonderful tales of beauty and terror will transport you from t...more
In reading this short story collection, I'm struck by two things: a) the poetry of his words, and b) the sheer breadth of the subjects he broaches and tones he portrays. I never realized how versatile he was. A lot of his stuff is just bizarre (I'm talking about y...more
How did the USA go from a nation so enamored with space and space travel that our writers produced such stories as these, to a nation who ignored space unless disaster happens, to a nation that has no space program at all?
I love the wonder that Bradbury puts into everything - even into the shoes of childhood. I'd read most of these stories in other collections, but that doesn't matter since I find his shorter fiction to be easily re-readable.
I recommend this to anyone who likes rockets, Ray Bradbury, and sci-fi.
I enjoyed all the stories, but I particularly loved R is for Rocket and Rocket Man.
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