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All Summer In A Day

Does anyone remember that story by Ray Bradbury?

All summer in a day. The sun has been out for, like, two hours since the middle of May, and I've been stuck in the World's Tallest Basement for most of those moments.

It's too rainy to start work on my leaking mudroom roof. It's too rainy to garden. It's too rainy to get out of fucking bed in the morning. Hell, it's almost too rainy for me to ride my bike. Almost.

I take back everything I ever said about not minding the rain. This is driving me bugshit crazy.

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ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
God. That story. I read it in 5th grade (say, pushing 40 years ago) and it haunts me to this day. Weird, I guess, but I'd put it at my top five remembered-forever stories and probably cemented my love of scifi.

Sorry it is so glum. :(
emeraldsedai
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I think that story (which I must have read at approximately the same age--I read a lot of Ray Bradbury back in that era) resonated with the fury, rage and sorrow that I felt and thatI think many girls feel in life.

I couldn't remember all its details today when the title came into my mind--I thought the main character had been a boy, and I didn't recall the seven-year length of the cycle--but the general concept and the feeling of it are indelible.
ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
And loneliness/separateness. But yes, I'm sure you're right.

I think for me, especially, because 1) I was already a scifi buff, 2) I was made fun of by kids, because (in part) 3) I was an American living in Latin America and going to a school with mostly latinos/as -- e.g., I was that outsider.

But yeah, I was reading lots of Bradbury then, too. Funny though, as an adult I went on a hunt trying to figure out what story that was... I kept not finding it because somehow I thought it was an Asimov (I'd been reading a lot of him, too). Was surprised to realize it'd been Bradbury, since I associate him (not entirely, but largely) with more bizarre type stuff.

And up there, I meant 'sorry your weather is so glum'. (realized just now that wasn't clear). :)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I read a lot of Asimov too! For me, Bradbury always had a haunting, poetic, fantastic quality, while Asimov was always much more "hard science". I always liked Bradbury better, though Asimov was easier to understand.

Elton John's song "Rocket Man" was surely inspired by one of Bradbury's R is for Rocket stories.
ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Nowadays, I barely remember the Bradbury or Asimov stories, just the quality/feelings I got from them.

Hey, I met Bradbury. He came to Los Alamos National Labs when I was there and I saw him speak and got him to autograph my F451. *preen*.

Asimov was more hard science, yes, though he was also good at writing humans, and it was that skill that drew me in the most, I think. I do like hard scifi, but there's a fine line between the tech-whiz scifi that sacrifices the human story for the science (which I don't like, and I'm a scientist) and just a really good story that uses good science to worldbuild effectively (which I *love*).
emeraldsedai
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
You met Bradbury? At Los Alamos?? Wow! *bows down*

I met Douglas Adams...at Powell's Books in Portland. That was pretty cool. He signed my copy of Last Chance to See.

I think of Asimov and Bradbury as being kind of the left brain and right brain of the golden age of American sci-fi in the late 50s and 60s. Both were wonderful in different ways, and there are good reasons why both are firmly enshrined in the hall of fame.

I couldn't agree more on sheer techno-wiz sci-fi. I never could read that type of story. Not enough heart.
ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I met Douglas Adams...at Powell's Books in Portland. That was pretty cool. He signed my copy of Last Chance to See.

Whoa! That is so cool. And best thing is, I think that if I'd had him autograph a book, that's the one I'd have chosen, too. Just, idk, telling him it mattered to me. Because it was a great book that really mattered.

Yes what you said about Asimov/Bradbury. I sit and recollect the other great reads/authors, and there were lots of them, but so many were single (scifi) book authors, you know? (e.g., I think of Huxley, Orwell, Golding, Shute, Miller...(though I might have my pub dates wrong, I was reading those then))
emeraldsedai
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
It was such a heady time, that period from the first atom bomb to the moon landing, wasn't it? I think everyone reading in that era, especially young people (I was born in 1955) were reading all of the authors you mention. They all wrote dystopias. Not too surprising: it was Happy Days economically, but there was that undercurrent of evil from the Cold War that nobody who was paying attention could ignore.

I think Brave New World was the only book that ever actually gave me a nightmare directly, though On The Beach might've come close.
ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Guh. On the Beach seriously creeped me out. Like, I think I was depressed for days after. Brave New World, while depressing, was far out enough that I could separate it from myself. Not so with On the Beach. Dang. And it was so graphically real.

You know, I read I Robot in 3rd grade (not promising that I understood it, only that I read it). I'd read most of those books by the time I got out of junior high. I blame it on Dad. He put those books in my hands, and what kind of Dad tells his 13 year old to read On the Beach?

Heh. I'm *truly* glad he did.

Eh. THE big scifi class that I never finished: 1984. I just couldn't deal with it. So I guess that should top my list of depressing reads.
ocotillo_dawn
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh Heinlein. Except Heinlein gave me the creeps sometimes -- a little too much of a social darwinist (to put it politely).
sans_gene
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
As a fellow PNWer, I feel your pain. It seems so much worse than normal this year. Maybe that super mild winter was just setting us up for a fall. Anyway, I read a lot of Bradbury when I was young, but I don't remember that story. I've been meaning to revisit some of the sci-fi I loved as a child, maybe I'll look this up. We both know, there is plenty of indoor time available this year.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 5th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh man, it's really getting to me now. I'm one of those web-footed Oregonians who isn't much troubled by the Long Gray of November to June, but this crap is record-breaking.

I hope you do revisit Bradbury's story. I googled it and found at least one (apparently legitimate) online version. To my amazement, it's less than 2000 words. Those were a powerful four pages.
vchrusch
Jun. 5th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I do. I read it while the teacher was busy droning on during grade 7 English class. :)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Good to know some of us have our priorities in order. :D
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