🚀Ray Bradbury Short Stories, Ranked
The science fiction writer often said he didn't write science fiction. He wrote about the human condition and what it means to be alive. I don't know about you but I enjoy his short stories the most and thought I'd recommend and rank some. For @analyce.
- •10. The Last Night of the WorldThis story has a clever use of premonition and although it feels mediumistic, it raises thoughts we don't usually question intently.
- •9. The Small AssassinA new family welcomes their newborn with open arms but the baby is anything else but welcoming. Let's just say childbearing is painful.
- •8. The EmissaryThis is the ultimate bedtime story. It's even better to tell on Halloween! A bedridden boy's only connection to the outside world is his faithful dog and what he fetches will haunt you.
- •7. SkeletonThe moment a man realizes just how alive he is, he begins to question it, seeing many doctors and specialists who diagnose him as nothing more than a hypochondriac. All except one orthopedist.
- •6. The PedestrianThis was inspired by Bradbury when he was walking one evening with a friend and a policeman had asked what he was doing. His reply was, "Putting one foot in front of the other." That was the wrong answer but it certainly was the right story: while everyone else is in their homes watching their TV sets, the pedestrian is walking and seeing the world.
- •5. The VeldtTwo kids live and play in a simulation filled room in the African savannah and after spending their free time all the time in the veldt, the parents learn that technology, if we're not careful, can consume us.
- •4. The DwarfA story about appearance and how real ugliness comes from the inside, just as true beauty does. It's a nice reflection piece that I could relate to and it made me feel less alone and made me know that I am a dwarf and should be proud of it.
- •3. There Will Come Soft RainsA smart, automated home is all that is left, unchanged and keeping to its programmed duties despite no one being there to answer it. This story highlights the misuse of super science.
- •2. The LakeA childhood friend, a lake and a memory to stand the test of time.
- •1. The Fog HornThis is how the story of the 52 Hertz Whale goes. He hears the sound of the lighthouse's fog horn thinking it is one of his own but quickly finds out it was an imposter instead. In a fit of emotions the sea dweller destroys the false creature, still searching for love.
- •Further Reading/Special Mentions:
- •Zero HourThink of Stranger Things but from the 1950s.
- •A Sound of ThunderTime travel and Dinosaurs!