Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ray Bradbury's "August 1999: The Summer Night" (flash fiction): Why is the world going mad?

Quote from short story titled August 1999 The Summer Night by Ray Bradbury

Story summary.

It's set on Mars, among Martians introduced in "Ylla".

We learn of impending human visitors - the second expedition after first failed one in "Ylla". But only indirectly, by implication.

Looks like across the Martian cities, people have been singing strange songs in a strange language - "women", "children", & "men". Without understanding, & unable to not sing these strange songs. Musicians are producing strange tunes that they don't understand. Is the whole world going crazy because of their telepathic senses?

Collected in.

  1. Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles".

Fact sheet.

First published: Arkham Sampler Winter, 1949.
Rating: B
Related: All stories of Ray Bradbury.