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The Veldt

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  9,310 ratings  ·  805 reviews
The advanced technology of a house first pleases then increasingly terrifies its occupants.
Paperback, 45 pages
Published November 20th 1987 by Creative Education (first published September 23rd 1950)
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OliviaD_E2 In the futuristic world of The Veldt, Ray Bradbury reveals how technology can replace human connection, even between loved ones.

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Meghna Agrawal (On a Review-Writing Break!)
Whoopee, finally my first review of a science fiction story! 😊

This story for me was like confronting yet consorting with the EVILS of technology!

Being an electronics & telecommunication engineer myself (though I consider myself more of a literature-lover than a tech-fanatic 😊), I adored this story based on magic, technology, and the future to bits!!

During my teens, I would ponder if technology is a boon or a bane. Then I stopped ruminating any longer on the ills of technology, because of the
Kevin Kuhn
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am constantly amazed at the predictive capacity of Golden Age science fiction writers. In the early 1950’s, Ray Bradbury wrote this story on the dangers of immersive entertainment and technology advancements could have on children. He aptly describes a smart home and a lifelike (too lifelike) virtual reality room (sort of a Star Trek holodeck). This story must be more impactful in today’s world of ubiquitous screens, immersive video games, and augmented reality. In the early 1950’s the transis ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Certainly one of Bradbury’s best short works and maybe his most recognized.

The Veldt was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1950, and this has been a ubiquitous entry into many collections of his work and has been published on its own in countless anthologies.

A family has a smart house (a recurring theme in his work) where machines and robots do virtually all of the work. Most notably, the children’s nursery can create a virtual scene from the imagination of the two kids – Peter and
Louie Matos The Mustache
Because I'm obsessive compulsive, I decided to write reviews for the stories in the anthologies I read, and include them on my 2017 bookshelf. I started with Poe, and Lovecraft. but I will include Bradbury, also. The Veldt is the first story in The Illustrated Man anthology. It's about a family living in a "smart" home, where the children's bedroom is essentially a holodeck like in Star Trek: TNG. The children, Peter and Wendy (yes, this is an homage to Peter Pan), are enamored by Africa and so ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-5-star

There's this magical house with a magical nursery that changes into "The Veldt" which is the grassland of Africa.
Sanjay Gautam
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
Suddenly remembered having read this a few years back in the process of recovering vivid imagery that made a particularly strong impression on me, and leaving a belated review. My memory is quite faint, as I have not returned to this in a while, but very much due for a reread. The story, like all other Bradbury novels, has a very Ray Bradbury sense about the text. Eccentric, with a touch of odd and exotic imagery here and there, and with a stubborn man who, against others' objection, makes a foo ...more
Aug 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A chilling and unsettling futuristic short story about the dangers of becoming over-dependent on technology.
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
Ellen Gail
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily the best of my short story binge. Ray Bradbury never disappoints.
Davyne DeSye
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a creepy little short story. It also asks a question that some might feel is appropriate in today’s world…

In The Veldt (first published in the Saturday Evening Post under a different title, and published under this title in Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man), we are in the far future. Peter and Wendy (the children) live with their parents in an ultra-modern, do-it-all-for-you home. The home cooks, cleans, bathes, nurtures, entertains, etc., all the occupants. The nursery, to which Peter and
Jazzy Lemon
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super classic super sci-fi from the master, Ray Bradbury.
Disturbometer : 5 out of 10.

I often find writers from the early previous century's take on what the future would look like humorous. It's almost as if they don't take into account what things actually cost and the economics of scale. Nor do they seem to take into account what lies beyond the realms of possibility from a scientific point of view, which often gives the so-called science fiction from the early and mid - 20th century a magicky, fantastical feel.

The story is fun as a window to the pa
Kate Willis
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I just read this for my creative writing class. I was very well-written, suspenseful, and included some classic Ray Bradbury themes I've enjoyed in Fahrenheit 451. It was on the other hand rather dark but also sobering when the natural conclusion of letting technology take over your life was portrayed. Just a note that there are some brief descriptions of death, one blasphemy, and two instances of swear words. ...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
Kon R.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was super creepy from start to finish. It's always fun to see what kind of futuristic technological advances authors come up with in older publications. I think authors love to showcase wonders then immediately warn the reader of it's hidden dangers (I, Robot anyone?). I don't remember reading this before, but upon completion it all sounded way too familiar for it to be my first read of it. This story obviously has a way to stay hidden in your subconscious. If you look up the word "foreshad ...more
Raghav Bhatia
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want more of horror sci-fi if it's anything like this. ...more
Nov 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
When your parents ask what your school is making you read 😳
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.

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andrea ✨
read this for english class! it was pretty interesting.
Creepy and eye-opening. Makes you shudder.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading a long book and wanted a break with something Halloween S and creepy and this was short and disturbing. I really like it and think after this book I'm reading I will turn to a couple of really good scary books because that was creepy and it is the season for being disturbd ...more
“I wish you were dead!”
“We were, for a long while. Now we’re going to really start living. Instead of being handled and massaged, we’re going to live.”

Well, that was... something--a brilliantly sickening reflective something.

(read for school)
Marts  (Thinker)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And if you yearn for an exceptionally strange tale...
catherine ♡
This was the second time I’ve read this - I loved it the first time, and I loved it the second.
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Eery and chilling, this short story envisions a not too implausible future with a terrifying twist.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my english class and I really enjoyed it!
This book is a futuristic (sci-fi) horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents! It was really entertaining and the ending was PERFECT!
We have to keep in mind that this book has been written in 1950 and the written kind of gave us his thoughts on the future by creating a futuristic house! If you haven't read it yet, I think you should because when I read it, I actually felt a little bi
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
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
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
A futuristic horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents, from tying their shoes to rocking them in their sleep. The house comes with a special (psychological?) room called the "nursery," which manifests anyone's thoughts. It's used as a way to analyze the psychology of the children.

If you think of fairies, the room will give you fairies, and if you think of killing lions, there'll be killing lions. A big con for me was how "preachy" the story seemed, b
Zuky the BookBum
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good technological based short from Bradbury. This is about the powers of technology and spoilt children.

I loved how even though the parents so desperately wanted to turn off their house, they couldn't quite resist it enough to do it, ending in a not so nice surprise.

Even with its predictable ending, this one gives you the shivers.
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Ray Douglas Bradbury, 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 ...more

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