There Will Come Soft Rains

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Wooz, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    Remember Fallout 1's intro? Of course you do. If you liked it, you'll love this short story by Ray Bradbury.
  2. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    Indeed, it's awesome.
  3. Cimmerian Nights

    Cimmerian Nights So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2004
    Martian Chronicles has some great stories in it. My only criticism of Bradbury is that he's very Eisenhower-era-centric, so although the themes he presents are contemporary, a lot of the sci-fi jargon/content and the wide-eyed American innocence of that era comes off somewhat dated.
    Martian Chronicles is actually very PA thematically. One of his best books (after Something Wicked This Way Comes) IMO.
  4. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jan 31, 2008
    FO3 actually references this short story... kind of neat.
  5. KQX

    KQX Vault Senior Citizen

    May 3, 2003
    The 1984 animated short:

  6. Zeal

    Zeal Still Mildly Glowing

    Apr 20, 2003
    thank you for the link, i liked it a lot. :)

    But how does it resemble F1 intro? I didnt get that one.

    Anyway great story, if you have more please post.

  7. KQX

    KQX Vault Senior Citizen

    May 3, 2003
    Well the most obvious thing I guess is the whole image of technology designed to serve humans still operating (like the TV in F1's intro) juxtaposed against the absence of humans and general emptiness /destruction all around.

    As for other (similar in atmosphere at least) short stories I really like I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.
  8. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 26, 2003
    You continue to prove yourself a man of good taste, Wooz. Part of the reason Fallout resonated so heavily with me in the first place was because I'd been deep into Bradbury's unique blend of golden-age Americana and sci-fi pessimism since before my age hit the double digits.

    Of particular note if you can find it (ESPECIALLY to you, Wooz) is a collection of comics called "The Ray Bradbury Chronicles." There are four collections in total, and one of them features an excellent version of "There Will Come Soft Rains." It's done in the grand old E.C. Comics style, and the final panel is so stark in my memory that it's a dream of mine to have it blown up and framed.
  9. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    Automated home appliances working on a continuous loop long after its original owners, and pretty much everyone for that matter, are dead as a by-product of a global nuclear war.


    Yes, the reason I don't make too much threads is that I don't want to shy away the plebs with my all-permeating radiant awesomeness.

    Awesome. Is it a re-print of EC publications, an original EC publication or something inspired by EC style comics? Findable in old bookshops or Ebay?

    Entirely feasible, as long as you have it on paper or in a high-resolution image file.
  10. Mikey

    Mikey Half-way Through My Half-life

    Aug 2, 2004
    Wow, thanks for linking that Wooz. It was a fantastic read.

    Why is it though that I found the death of a dog a hell of a lot more poignant than anything else in the whole thing (even the deaths of the house's human occupants)?
  11. Daimyo

    Daimyo Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Oct 26, 2007
    Nice one, Wooz. Thanks a lot for the lunch time read at work :)

    I enjoy Bradbury's work immensly; read The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 some months ago and am always looking for more quality science fiction.
  12. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Mildly Dipped

    Jul 24, 2007
    I immensely enjoyed Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. It's a little weird at first, but once you get past how Mars in those stories is not the Mars of science fact and is a totally alternate universe Mars, the stories become quite enjoyable and really delve into human nature in the different situations that science-fiction can provide.
  13. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 26, 2003
    The collections are actually pretty varied in terms of style-- most of them were done specifically for this project, and all were adapted by different artists. I do believe "There Will Come Soft Rains" was a recoloring of an original EC publication-- if not, it was at least done by an EC artist, Wally Wood. I actually found a link, even though the original coloration and the poor resolution don't do it justice, especially that final image. But here you go.

    I just looked the collections up online-- you can still find them, but they are now prohibitively expensive. Actually, if anyone's interested, I guess there's an ebay vendor selling all 7 (7! I've only seen 3...) signed first-edition hardcovers for a buy-it-now price of $399. If I were in better straits, I'd sacrifice a months' pay on this without a second thought...

    (No, it's not me. If *I* had those things, I would want to be buried with them.)
  14. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    Sweet. Wally Wood was one of EC's best artists. 400 bucks is way too expensive, tho'.
  15. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 26, 2003
    I would agree with you if I hadn't read these things-- I have never in my life actually coveted a physical object before today. Still, it's more than *I* can pay.

    I've still got my dog-eared softcover copies of the first three volumes, but even *those* I wasn't able to find online for less than $70. You might try digging around a bit if your interest is piqued-- I remember seeing the softbacks at a used surplus site a few years back for like six bucks.
  16. Chancellor Kremlin

    Chancellor Kremlin Mildly Dipped

    Nov 17, 2008
    I had already read it, was nice reading it again though.

    The Short Film was scary lol. The Russian voices added to the atmosphere I think, kind of like with STALKER. There is something intrinsically grim about the russian language.
  17. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    Egads, what are you waiting for?! Scan them in high res!


  18. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Nice stuff!
    I had seen the short animated version before.
  19. Chancellor Kremlin

    Chancellor Kremlin Mildly Dipped

    Nov 17, 2008
    You know how the animated version was in Russian. It kind of added to the whole 'alieness' of the story. The robot in question looked like something from the film Alien, as did most of the house, and the 'foreign' voice added to the atmosphere.

    Kind of like with the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R where some of the speaking is in russian. Adds to the setting I think.

    Capische? :wink:
  20. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    I thought you were talking about Tarkovsky's film.

    Dunno if it adds to the setting... After all, it's a gringo home in the epitome of gringousness future. But then again it references to the nation responsible for annihilating Murika.