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The Veldt: A Play

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,202 ratings  ·  148 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

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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
Stacey
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
Stephen
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
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Prashant
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
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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
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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
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Zeek
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
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
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Z
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.'
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.
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
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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
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.
Avery
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
Paige
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"!!
Readingallaboutit
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
Jeff
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
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J.T.
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Evano
***SPOILER ALERT***


The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury, is an artfully crafted work of art, as it grabs hold of the reader firmly, and never lets go. It starts out with a family in the future. They live in an automated house, which means that everything is done for them, from tying shoelaces, to drying clothes. This also means that there is the option of having less responsibility when taking care of the children. Now, because this is the future, the nursery room creates images based on the children's br
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Jaimie
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Rainey
Bradbury executes the short story with precision paralleled only by authors such as Vonnegut and O'Connor. Detailed and acute, "The Veldt" presents a world of science and technology that is at once inspiring and terrifying. This story is a must-read for all. (Avoid reviews that might tell too much until you can read it yourself)
Zane Šturme
Šo stāstu "uzgāja" viens mans draugs, un pēc tā izlasīšanas, ieteica arī man. Viņa sajūsma bija tik pārsteidzoši liela, ka es neapzināti tiku iespaidota un padevos. Stāsts ir īss, bet ar iespaidīgu nākotnes vīziju. Vai tehnoloģijas ir spējīgas aizstāt dzīvu cilvēku?

Fantastisks darbs.
Ruthie Jones
Quite prophetic! Ray Bradbury knew the dangers of too much technology way back in the 1950s. This short story will make you pause and think about the technology that rules your life. Scary!

You can read it online:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~csigler/PDF%20f...
Kristen Ying
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Adam
Great short story by Ray Bradbury. Pretty good foresight into the dangers of technology, dependence, and raising of children. Highly recommend listening to and watching the music video The Veldt by Deadmau5 after reading it: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_esYONwd...
Sami C
This is one of those books that will leave you horrified and awed. I had to read this twice to fully absorb what I just read. Very descriptive and well-written. And I suggest listening to Deadmau5's "The Veldt", a track inspired by this story. It will get you into the mood.
Nathan
"George, you'll have to change your life. Like too many others, you've built it around creature comforts. Why, you'd starve tomorrow if something went wrong in your kitchen. You wouldn't know how to tap an egg. Nevertheless, turn everything off. Start new."

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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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