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The Golden Apples of the Sun

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Only the insatiable curiosity of Ray Bradbury would dare to probe the lonely passions of... a deep sea monster in his attempts to make love to a flirtatious foghorn... a misunderstood man of the future with a perfectly reasonable explanation for murdering his house... a nubile young witch who works out an ingenious method for experiencing human love... a space ship captain ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published February 1979 by Bantam Books (first published March 1st 1953)
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Paul Bryant
Jun 06, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Goodbye Ray Bradbury. He was the first author I loved, he was a natural for me with his heart on his sleeve and his absolute belief in the power of words and the religion of wonder. His brilliant restless short stories set off puffballs of astonishment in my brain, I slept on Mars and woke up in Green Town, I grew giant mushrooms for fun and profit and I was the illuminated boy, Ray Bradbury illuminated me with death, calliopes, mechanical houses, ice cream suits, towns where no one got off, dwa
Sep 23, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury is a collection of short stories first published in 1953 with 22 short stories.

Published again in 1997, this later edition contains the original stories as well as 10 more previously released stories by the Grand Master. These stories serve as a representative sample of Bradbury’s unique and far ranging talent, blending elements of several genres into a cohesive universe of speculative fiction, as well as a demonstration of his mastery of the short ficti
Dan Schwent
Oct 17, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does one review a book of tiny short stories? Do I describe the stories individually? Or do I just mention a couple favorites, like the one about the last dinosaur and the lighthouse, or the pedestrian, or The Sound of Thunder, the time travel story that everyone knows even if they don't know the name of?

I'm one of the few people that didn't have to read Fahrenheit 451 in school so the only exposure I had to Ray Bradbury before this was issues of Tales from the Crypt where they adapted his s
Jul 29, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Bradbury got the title from last line of this poem...


by: W.B. Yeats

WENT out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
Bradbury on the sea:

"One day many years ago a man walked along and stood in the sound of the ocean on a cold sunless shore and said "We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I'll make one. I'll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like the trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard, cold shore. I'll make a sound

"Cuando uno recuerda toda una vida, parece que recordase más las caras que las manos y lo que ellas hicieron."

Siempre me da terror hablar de clásicos, siento que voy a decir cualquier cosa, que mis palabras se quedan cortas para describir al libro. Por eso me cuesta escribir esta reseña.

Las doradas manzanas del sol son veintidós cuentos, algunos cortos y otros bastantes largos. No disfruté de todas las historias, algunas me encantaron como “El asesino” o “La fruta del fondo del tazón” y otr
Ben Babcock
One of the nice things about working in a school is that I can nick books from the English cupboard, bring them home for a day, or a week, or most of the year, and quietly return them without anyone complaining. It’s a perk that almost makes those times you accidentally stand under the bell worth it.... Anyway, earlier this year I was reaching for short stories to show my sixth form students, and it occurred to me that “A Sound of Thunder” is a damn fine short story, both in a technical and a li ...more
Not all of the stories in this collection of Bradbury's short fiction are great, or even that memorable, but one or two of them will stick with me -- I particularly enjoyed 'Embroidery', which was well-structured and had a lovely final paragraph. Perfect, even, almost.

Even if a few of them didn't really get to me, it's worth noting that I received it in the mail just today, and I read it in two sittings. I've been rather wrapped up in video games lately (hey, I just got the news that I got a fir
Sep 15, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
22 enjoyable stories in Bradbury's wistful and nostalgic style--some science fiction, some fantasy, some just plain fiction. The most famous is probably "A Sound of Thunder," in which a hunter travels back time to shoot dinosaur and makes a critical error. I especially got a kick out of "The Murderer," which is about a man who has declared war on nuisance technology. (I often feel like doing that myself.) This story was written sixty years ago; I wonder how the character would have reacted to tw ...more
Sep 23, 2011 apple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Warning: The following review contains public display of shameless fangirlery
These collected short stories confirmed something I have long suspected; Ray Bradbury is a living breathing writing celestial entity and to me R will always be for Rocket!

“The Murderer”, which was published in 1953, uncannily portrays the impact of information overload before there was Facebook or even the internet. Really spooky stuff. My favorite stories are “The Great Wide World Over There” and the absolutely mind-b
Jul 19, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half of these short stories are fantasy, and half are the kind I love - about outer space, post or pre-apocalyptic life, and Mars.
My favorites:

The Wilderness: Two women ready for a move to mars, one makes a very long distant phone call and receives the encouragement she needs to take that step.

The Murderer: In the 1950's, Bradbury predicted the state we are in today - instant communication, too much communication brought about by technology that never shuts up. "There sat all the tired commuters
Bonnie Jeanne
Feb 18, 2012 Bonnie Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, particularly; "The Murderer," which I found to be so appropriate to life today! This is one of few stories that hasn't got an initial publication date noted, but I guess it would be early 1950. Even though the technology that drives the main character to "murder" is not exactly as Bradbury imagined it would be, it is close enough to make me go "Wow!; "Sun and Shadow," which made me feel guilty about the times I've found life that is on the verge of abj ...more
José Manuel Frías
Para un servidor, los relatos de Ray Bradbury están a años luz de sus novelas. A pesar de ello, en "Las doradas manzanas del sol" aparecen tres textos con un contenido altamente atractivo. Esta recopilación de cuentos se abre con "La sirena", según muchos críticos el mejor relato del autor. Y no es para menos. El ambiente opresivo te atrapa desde las primera líneas, teniendo como escenario un viejo faro cuya sirena atrae a una extraña criatura de las profundidades marinas.
En orden de importancia
Steve Hersh
Jul 02, 2015 Steve Hersh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The general consensus seems to be that Bradbury was at his best with three works: the novel "Fahrenheit 451," and the short story collections "The Martian Chronicles," and "The Invisible Man." I am fully in line with the consensus. Being so prolific, it's not surprising that not all of his work can measure up to the standards of his best stuff. "The Golden Apples of the Sun" is an example of the hit or miss nature of some of his stories. I'm giving this four stars based on the high quality of th ...more
Brandon Henke
The Golden Apples of the Sun showcases the broad range of Bradbury’s literary ability. While some might argue that topical breadth is a rather commonplace characteristic of books of this format, I contend that it goes beyond the typical collection of short stories.

Bradbury is a stylistic chameleon – utterly transformative yet wonderfully convincing in the span of only a few pages. These stories range from mundane (The Great Wide World Over There) to utterly fantastical (A Sound of Thunder). Ima
Sep 07, 2010 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was, of course, familiar with Ray Bradbury's most known work "Fahrenheit 451" and appreciated him for his contribution to sci-fi, but then I read this collection of short stories and was blown way.

The title comes from a line of Yeats:
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

For that I have to thank Bradbury doubly, once for writing such a wonderful collection of short stories, and again for introducing me to Yeats, a poet whom I unexc
J. Alfred
I once said that Bradbury was "trash, but exquisite trash. Like the pizza boxes and soda cans of the gods". (Is it okay to quote one's self? I'm okay with it) I stand by the statement. He's good not great, although I think back to Something Wicked This Way Comes and some of the stories in The Illustrated Man and I want to argue with myself. He's got a great, flexible sort of an imagination, which is kind of humanist and romantic and childish all at once. That being said, this collection isn't hi ...more
Camila Shimada
Mar 26, 2016 Camila Shimada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó harto, en pocas páginas te logra armar un mundo y contarte una historia que te deja pensando harto rato. Ya lo había visto en otros libros de Bradbury, la visión del mundo que le gusta construir es siempre interesante de leer.
Mis favoritos: El peatón, el niño invisible, la máquina voladora; la dorada cometa, el plateado viento; el gran juego Blanco y Negro y el Asesino. Mención especial a "la fruta en el fondo del tazón" y "el basurero"

No voy a dejar el resumen de ningún cuento, es mejo
Pedram Behroozi
Dec 02, 2015 Pedram Behroozi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ایدههای بردبری ناب و عالی بودند. ترجمهی صنعوی خیلی خوب نبود. ولی همچنان میشد فهمید که بردبری عجب خیالپرداز قهاری است و چه ذهن رهایی برای توصیف کردن چیزها دارد.

از بین قصهها آژیر به نظرم از همه بهتر بود. کابوس در حارماجدون و شیشهی آبی معرکه بودند. بقیه ایدههای بامزه و خوبی داشتند و فقط لازار پیش بیاید کمی دمدستی و قابل پیشبینی بود.

امیدوارم گزیده ترجمهها کم و کمتر شوند و مترجمها اصل کتابهای چاپشده را ترجمه کنند. این کتاب هم گزیده ترجمهای بود از سیبهای طلایی خورشید (یا اینطور که در کتاب آمده: میوهها
Erik Erickson
Thoroughly enjoyable read. I've only read Martian Chronicles previously, and I love the way Bradbury's descriptions and cadence really flow naturally. That's one of the things Stephen King does so well also. All but maybe a couple of these stories are solid little tales. The quality is just so much higher than something like a Richard Matheson collection, which executes interesting ideas in a flat and tiresome manner. It also helps that this collection starts off with a very Lovecraftian story t ...more
Sometimes you come across a book that remains on your mind for months, or even longer, after reading. I think this is one of those books.

The Golden Apples of the Sun is a collection of 22 short stories, each exploring a different idea. Although a couple of the ideas have been covered quite a lot in literature or films (the butterfly effect, for example), Bradbury’s work I would suggest is amongst the best. I read this book through in one sitting because I was on the train, but I almost feel like
Oct 20, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury is primarily remembered today as a science fiction writer, but you might not know it based on the 22 short stories collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun. There are stories that take place in the past, stories that take place in the 1940s and '50s present of when they were written, and a few that take place in the future. Only two of the 22 are firmly in the vein of science fiction, and one of those, "A Sound of Thunder" is an early exploration of an idea that has since become a ...more
Nov 18, 2015 steffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Another great set of stories by one of my favorite authors, The Golden Apples of the Sun contains a smattering of stories, some I've already read from other collections, and some fun new surprises. I especially love that the copy I got from paperbackswap (here's a good plug for you, if you haven't checked out yet, you should) is so old I couldn't even figure out the ISBN number. So classic!

I think my favorite story in the collection is The Murderer. In a previous sto
I was unimpressive this collection of stories. I'm a big fan of Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. A couple of the short stories were worth while but the several that weren't or a least don't hold up to the test of time. One story was so not politically correct that I'm would be curious if it is still published "The Big Black and White Game." It is a glimpse into the prejudices of America in the late forties.
Jun 17, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked some of these, while others were just "eh". I would give it a 3.5 overall, but I'm bumping it up to 4 because this is one of those cases where I think the book-on-cd narrator may have caused me to like it less. It was an older man, and while nailing the mid-20th-century manner exactly may have been historically appropriate, it was distracting to a 21st-century listener and made the stories sound even more dated than they already would.

This is worth a read for anyone who likes clas
mohsen pourramezani
Jun 06, 2014 mohsen pourramezani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
بخشی از داستان های این کتااب به اسم «شرکت سهامی آدم های مصنوعی» در ایران به فارسی ترجمه شده.
داستان ها حال و هوای علمی تخیلی دارند اما با تاکید بیشتر بر روی نقش منفی که علم می تواند داشته باشد
وقتی کتاب هایی از ژانرهای مختلف ادبی می خوانم بیشتر این سوال دز ذهنم تقویت می شود که چرا ادبیات داستانی ایران هیچ گونه تنوع ژانری ندارد، نه پلیسی جنایی نه علمی تخیلی نه فانتزی و...
Octavio Villalpando
Bueno, a estas alturas definitivamente puedo decir que soy un gran fan de Bradbury. Los matices de su obra siempre son capaces de conmoverme, y en esta colección hay varios relatos que lo hicieron... aunque también debo decir que hay algunos un poco flojos, que parecen más de relleno que otra cosa. Supongo que, dada la gran producción literaria de Bradbury, no puede esperarse que todos sean superlativos. Tal vez en una antología más especifica funcionarían mejor.

Las historias que más me gustaron
María Paz Greene
A mí me gusta mucho la ciencia ficción. Me hace soñar. Además, las "Crónicas marcianas" de Bradbury son UNA DE MIS COSAS FAVORITAS, así que le tenía fe a este texto, pero... meh. No me gustó mucho. Y me fue tan difícil terminarlo. Lo tuve, como lectura "de reserva" durante meses. El título, al menos, es precioso.

Los cuentos son distintos entre sí (algunos ni parecen de ciencia ficción), y aunque hay algunos bastante buenos... no hubo ninguno que me impresionara demasiado. Me aburrí, la verdad. T
Andrew Kubasek
Aug 26, 2007 Andrew Kubasek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
One of the best collections of American short stories, even if many of them are technically science-fiction. They still have a deeper sense of the struggles of humanity, regardless of setting - which, perhaps, is that makes them even more powerful and hammers the point even deeper.
Oct 09, 2007 J.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of short stories, speculative fiction
Great science fiction. Great speculative fiction. Great American fiction, period. Bradbury wrote a slew of classic stories; this is the cream of the crop. GOLDEN APPLES is another reason I'm a writer today.
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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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