Friday, March 6, 2009

Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" aka "The World the Children Made" (short story, smart home, free)

Quote from short story titled The Veldt aka The World the Children Made by Ray BradburyWhen George Hadley & his wife Lydia brought an expensive "Happylife Home" with a lot of built automation, & an amazingly realistic "nursery" - a play room for their two 10 year olds that is a cunning telepathically-controlled virtual reality studio, little did they think of shocking consequences.

Title is a name from African savanna - wild grassy planes. This is the kids favorite programmable environment in nursery, & plays a major role in the story.

Auxiliary Memory talks about the historical context of this story, & inspired me to look it up. Best Science Fiction Stories has a longer summary, & provided the online link.

See also.

  1. Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Prisoner in the Skull": Features telepathically controlled window panes - so you can have desirable live views.

Fact sheet.

First published: 'as "The World the Children Made", Saturday Evening Post, September 23 1950'.
Rating: A.
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Related: Stories of Ray Bradbury; stories that feature a smart house; stories that feature a VR gadget.