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This is our discussion of the short story....

" The Rocket Man " by Ray Bradbury

From the anthology The Illustrated Man collection by Ray Bradbury. See The Illustrated Man anthology discussion hub for more info on the anthology and pointers to discussion of its other stories.


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And ode to child abandonment?

Dad isn't home much, seduced by the stars. (I assume dad sends the paychecks home.) Mom has written him off as already dead; Junior, not quite so pragmatic, wishes his dad would come home more often. You could re-cast this as the story of a soldier's family, where dad is always off at some remote duty station.

The intelligent, automated house reprises from The Veldt, but without scorn. (Though when Dad's home he turns off the automagic lawnmower to do it himself; you know, manly pleasures.)

I'm kind of curious what Bradbury had in mind by the "mechanical book reader".


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) G33z3r wrote: "You could re-cast this as the story of a soldier's family, where dad is always off at some remote duty station."

Agree. Not a memorable story but the idea holds up over time and with various occupations.


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