The Golden Apples of the Sun

Ray Bradbury, Author . Subterranean $50 (247p) ISBN 978-1-59606-136-1

A half century after its initial appearance, Bradbury’s fourth published book remains vivid and memorable. The original table of contents is restored (under Joe Mugnaini’s iconic original cover art), with Bradbury’s familiar and characteristically wistful, dreamy fantasy, such as “The April Witch,” a haunting tale of teenage dream-traveler Cecy and her desperate desire for romance, mingling with brilliant science fiction like the title story and the widely reprinted “A Sound of Thunder.” A few pieces have not aged so well, such as “The Big Black and White Game,” a clumsy discussion of race that was bold for its time but does little for the modern reader, but they’re well balanced by the inclusion of two charming short plays: “The Fog Horn,” an incomplete radio play that inspired the iconic if maladapted film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms , and “En la Noche,” which succeeds on page or stage, like most Bradbury, as a story of human sensitivities. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/10/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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