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Short stories from a classic SF writer
22 October 2014
Ray Bradbury was one of the Science Fiction writers of the 1950s and 1960s whose style when young I most admired and hoped to emulate if I were ever tempted to write SF myself. Today, his rather too ornate descriptions and sometimes over-flowery language are perhaps less popular now that the sheer wonder of science fiction has given way to a less romantic and florid approach to its writing. Nevertheless, Bradbury remains an author who can evoke a variety of responses from his reader, ranging from wonder and delight to the sheer dread summoned by the supernatural and unexplained.
In this second volume of his short stories, there are really very few hard 'Science Fiction' stories such, but Bradbury nevertheless mines the dark world of the unexpected and unexplained that lies on the SF periphery. The author places his characters and situations that often overwhelm them: indeed the collection begins with one of his the most frightening stories, of a woman walking by herself at night despite reports of a local serial killer that packs a real punch on the last page. These narratives are interspersed with some of Bradbury's gentler and warmer stories, such as the' Rocket', a make-believe trip to Mars laid on by a father for his children, and the sheer and very touching outcome to' No News, or What Killed the Dog?'
A very good Kindle version of this book with a full index available as a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.