S is for Space by Ray Bradbury

Title: S is for Space
Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Doubleday & Company
Released: 1966
Source: borrowed from Open Library

Synopsis:

S is for science fiction, spine-tingling, supernatural and sublime! S is for stories from a “Star Wilderness that stretched as far as eye and mind could see and imagine”.

Chrysalis
Pillar of Fire
Zero Hour
The Man
Time in Thy Flight
The Pedestrian
Hall and Farewell
Invisible Boy
Come into My Cellar
The Million-Year Picnic
The Screaming Woman
The Smile
Dark Tey Were, and Golden-Eyed
The Trolley
The Flying Machine
Icarus Montgolfier Wright

Even though I’ve had a Nook since they first came out, I admit I’m still an eBook newbie. Now that I’ve started this blog and have gotten involved on Twitter, I’m finding more and more ways to find ebooks outside the B&N and Google stores. I ended up on Open Library a few days ago, and borrowed S is for Space, a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury.

I first heard about “S is for Space” from Lianne at The Towering Pile. I’ve been wanting to read more sci-fi – I mean, I love watching sci-fi, and obviously I love reading… but when it comes to sci-fi books, I’m so picky! Reading Lianne’s review, as well as having read and liked “Fahrenheit 451,” I was pretty sure this would be a good match for me.
It’s important to remember that this collection of short stories was published in 1966. The role of women in these stories continues to portray a 1950’s ideal, which kind of surprised me since most of the stories take place so far in the future, even for we readers of 2013. Plus, space exploration was still very new in the 60’s. So in many of the stories, we read of a Mars that is a short journey away, a planet with breathable air, flowing rivers, and fertile soil for flower beds and crops. There is evidence of past civilization, such as mosaic paths, fountains that still run, abandoned highways and small cities. Even though we now have photos of the surface of Mars showing a much different picture, it was still fun to imagine it otherwise.
There’s a great variety among the stories in this collection. People undergoing metamorphosis, time travel, alien invasions, dystopian future Earth, life on Mars, travel to distant planets, children privy to something major but ignored by adults, nostalgia, and even a bit of faith. And I have to say, “Zero Hour” terrified me to the core (peekaboo!).
Overall, S is for Space was a fast read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • That’s always a funny thing about reading old sci-fi: women still being housewives, space travel but no computers, etc. It’s funny to see the things they got right and the things they got so very wrong.

    Zero Hour was scary! And I really liked Chrysalis, too. What a great ending on that one!