The Veldt: A Play
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I would never recommend this book to be read, but I cannot honestly say that I regret reading it.
If you are looking ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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!
Parents George and Lydia Hadley seem to be enjoying their thi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more