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The Veldt: A Play
Ray Bradbury
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The Veldt: A Play

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,487 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has

Paperback, 56 pages
Published by Dramatic Pub. (first published September 23rd 1950)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
In 1950, with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions. After lancing the painful bubble that was his frustrations about easy entertainment and all manner of super-fast flashy new things that do seemingly everything for you, Bradbury bled out all his puss and blood on the page. That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings w ...more
When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. His stories are at their most powerful when he's writing of children, as here, and such as Dandelion Wine, or All Summer In a Day. He creates a sense of inevitability, even resignation. You can see the ending coming, you even know why it's coming, and which turn you took to get you there. Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the l ...more
4.0 stars. A superb short story from Ray Bradbury and one that is quite a bit "darker" than much of his short fiction. It originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1950 under the title, "The World the Children Made" and was than included in the anthology

The story is dark, cynical look at the dangers of allowing technology (like TV) raise our children. In the story, two parents install a machine called the “Happylife Home”(think early computer with A.I.) that allows the house to be run
Since aeon this society has questioned the efficacy of love.

I know we have made millions of movies, written trillions of stories and have had hundreds of thinkers all depicting the helplessness of human emotions. We have the tendency to swoon, drool and even succumb for the ones we love.

But this is not the love that we are talking about in this story. Here, it's the one which because of the absence of physical attraction may not be as complex as the love between a couple. But still, it's much
Kelly R
I cannot give this book any stars because I really hated reading it. As a work of literature it was beautiful. I saw everything perfectly drawn up in front of my eyes as if the Story were a picture rather than just words on a page. As I read The Veldt I was horrified. I had to stop reading at times because I was sobbing. When I got to the end I was so sick I ran crying to my dad.
I would never recommend this book to be read, but I cannot honestly say that I regret reading it.

If you are looking
Creepy! Very, very creepy! And makes you stop to consider what technology is doing to our lives, and what it has the potential to do to our lives as it continues to advance at an exponential speed. Watch out! And keep an eye on what your children are doing!

Edit: I have now also listened to an audio dramatized interpretation of this story, (thank you Petra!) and after listening to the audio drama I now have a second, alternate opinion of this story. In the print, I thought the children were evil,
Chilling and so delicious despite (or owing to?) its brevity. 62 years after the story was first published, a video (and piece of music) were made to pay homage to it and to Bradbury - the equally delicious track by deadmau5, 'The Veldt.'
Srinath Sridhar
I am a big fan of electronic music and in particular a music producer called deadmau5. Now, if you are wondering how this is relevant to The Veldt, I swear there is a connection.

deadmau5 produced a single called The Veldt a couple of years ago (2012). The track was inspired by this book, The Veldt. It was a great track, so I thought I should give the book a try. After all, this is a short story and can be read (online) in 20 mins. It was time well spent.

For a story written in 1950 this book has
Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all t ...more
Rachel Whitley
It makes me absolutely giddy, to read these old masters of science fiction! I feel the way I felt when I first started reading. Freaking out at the Twilight-Zone-esque ideas, pondering the what-ifs, not able to turn the pages fast enough.

What's cooler and creepier than a "nursery gone bad?" This story explores what happens when a house, run by artificial intelligence turns, on its occupants.
BAD NURSERY, bad bad nursery!
Andrew Tonascia
The thought of a house that ultimately simplifies your life by cooking your meals, brushing your teeth, or cleaning your dishes may sound intriguing and useful, but in The Veldt, Ray Bradbury shows us some of the more terrifying aspects to the idea of a "living house." He helps us to realize the importance of doing things on our own. The moment we let someone else, or SOMETHING else control parts of our lives, things begin to go wrong.

Parents George and Lydia Hadley seem to be enjoying their thi
Yashwanth Kumar
A excellent sci-fi/futurology short story with great commentary on our dependence of machines and our idea of replacing human constructs and relationships with technology with a morbid but fitting ending.
Stephanie Lingenfelter
I really liked this short story and it's unbelievable that Bradbury knew that technology would present problems with people's sociability in the future. Bradbury definitely hit home with me.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Oh wow. That was unexpected! It terrified me, it made me cringe - what an amazing story!
Christina White said-
I don’t really know what it would be like if technology did everything for me. But author Ray Bradbury made me feel like I was living it. The story was in the Hadley house, where technology over powers man made things. This idea of the future really had me on the edge of my seat, reading about the times in the nursery. I can picture the setting in my mind. A grey, silver, metal house, with walls changing at very thought. Dead, thoughtless hallways with rooms full of life and
Frank Westgate
The Veldt is a story of science fiction becoming a science fact. Technology has become so advanced a family “the Hadley’s” buy a new home that takes care of everything. It’s a mirror imagine of what people may believe to be the perfect life, being pampered by a mechanized home. They describe though the characters the mechanical magic of an extra sensory nursery room that is supposed to like an entertainment room for the whole family. The parents begin to become worried about their children, when ...more
Rachel Jackson
As much as I've heard about Ray Bradbury's short storytelling and the horror and creepiness of this particular story, "The Veldt," by the time I got to the end all I could think was, "That's it?" Perhaps I expected too much of the story, but it was not nearly as terrifying and paranoid of technology as its legacy is.

The story is that of a family who lives in a virtual house where everything is done by machines and technology for them, from cooking their meals to brushing their teach to tying the
Deeanna Culbertson
A classic Ray Bradbury short story written similarly to a classic Gothic horror story. George and Lydia Hadley are parents who have become spoiled and lazy by buying a "Happylife Home" that does just about everything for them including raising their two children, Peter and Wendy. Eventually Lydia begins to realize that her life is not happy and fulfilled any longer. She discusses her feeling with George while explaining why she has become frightened of the children's nursery room. This room can ...more
Jessica Calvin
When I was assigned by my language arts teacher to read the short story The Veldt, I was expecting a story that was going to be dull, lifeless, and uninteresting. However I got something totally unexpected. I got a story full of mystery, suspense, and surprise.

I’ve heard descriptions of the future, but none like that of the Hadley children's scene changing, two dimensional nursery. The Hadley children were so attached to the nursery that they wouldn't let anything or anyone including their own
This short story was written in the 50's. Back then technology was evolving rapidly and the most important year in the 50's was the year of hope. This was the year 1958, a very prestigious year. The world exposition in Brussels was one among the things that took place. Technology was so important that people even thought world peace would come because of it. I believe the importance of technology to people made Bradbury want to write this story. This short story was astonishing. I can even say t ...more
Vincent Russo
The song “The Veldt” by Deadmau5 was inspired by this short story by Ray Bradbury. Indeed, the original title of this story was “The World that the Children made”, a recurring line in the song. Already being a fan of Bradbury’s work, as well as fiction that centralizes around dystopian themes, this served as a very quick and enjoyable read. The true talent of Bradbury’s writing style is conveyed by his ability to portray such a dark world in a confined literary space.
Candice Snow
It's really sad when a science fiction short story published in the 50's is a pretty accurate portrayal of current society.

I wonder what Ray Bradbury would say if he knew kids today were as violent, psychotic, and technologically savvy as the two brats in his short story. I mean, think about it. We have kids today hysterically crying and making death threats because their parents bought them the wrong Apple product. We've spiraled out of control.

This is an extremely short story that deals with t
I hated this story! I had to read it for class and I despised every moment of it. Firstly who writes something as morbid and disturbing as this like this is some Stephen king level stuff. And then the dialogue was just plain weird it sounded choppy and unnatural even for the 50s. I thought this was just sick and twisted even for sci-fi like what kind of children imagine lions eating their parents every single day. And then again with the not spending enough time to finish the story. Just like Ku ...more
Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" is another short story that I use to fill the random days until the end of the semester. (Sometimes my planning doesn't always work out as perfectly as I intend.) Students really enjoy talking about the technological possibilities this story presents. Usually, most of them begin thinking a "smart house" would be cool, but there are always a few who are leery even when I show them a video clip about the Microsoft house. We also get into some cool discussions about paren ...more
Torben Carlsen
What a science fiction-story!! No rockets, no invasion from outer space, only "pure nature"!!
Honestly best short story ever. I like how its gives all these scenes and makes you fell many type of way in just little story. Their are so many authors who spend books and books to capture the readers but Bradbury did it in a very short beautiful way. I really loved it. The fact that its nothing like i expected made me happy. These days books are so repetitive, and this gave me reasons to continue reading. This what a true author is, Writes the story but leave it for you to see it in your own ...more
Having read a couple of Bradbury books last year when I saw a link to this story posted in a best of collection I saved it to read later.

Bradbury wrote in the fifties not of the joys if the coming modernistic futures but in the dangers of it. His fear of our loss of what made us who we were in mid century have all too easily come to pass.

The next time you take away your kids cell phone or internet privileges take a moment and read this story. You might be glad your children don't have access t
The Veldt was first published as “The World the Children Made” and began with a wife speaking to her husband about how the children’s room seemed changed somehow and if he didn’t look at it to confirm her thoughts he should call in a psychologist to gauge whether the room seemed odd, which finally gets him to agree to check. As they walk down the hallway we learn the futuristic quality of this family’s home and how the children’s’ room had the atmosphere o
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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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