There Will Come Soft Rains Essay

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In the following essay, Forrester discusses The Martian Chronicles, the Ray Bradbury collection which includes the story "There Will Come Soft Rains." He states that Bradbury's fiction is often overwhelmed by the author's exuberant sentimentality.

I read my first Ray Bradbury story when I was about ten, and it was love at first sight: prose as rich as the cream filling of the Twinkies I loved, creatures bizarre enough to please a ten year old palate, machinery and rockets abundant enough to satisfy a boy living in those pre-Romantic 1950s.

I drifted away from science fiction and Bradbury about fifteen years ago. But I never forgot Bradbury's stories. I remembered the blue triangle baby in "Tomorrow's Child," the writhing pictures on the skin of the Illustrated Man, the Martian's crystal homes in The Martian Chronicles. When my interest in science fiction was reawakened about three years ago, I...

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