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CriticasYA-Before an overly celebratory and hyper-romantic tone began to dominate his writing, Bradbury produced a large number of first-rate short stories characterized by narrative command, incisive social insight, and verbal dexterity. The four selections collected here display sharp-if sometimes a bit too poetic-language and a steady hand on the storytelling. The capable Spanish translation reflects the tone of the original stories. In the title story, a young witch enters the mind and body of a woman so that she can experience love. In "La sabana" ("The Veldt"), Bradbury creates one of the creepiest explorations ever written of the ways in which technology can overtake human lives. Blending science fiction and horror while subverting the notion of childhood innocence, this story must have been a profound influence on such later writers as Stephen King. "El otro pie" ("The Other Foot") is a daring, twisting, controversial look inside prejudice and race relations, set in a future in which blacks have created their own society on Mars only to be beseeched by white Americans after unceasing war has rendered Earth virtually uninhabitable. Fully as powerful as the work of Aldous Huxley or George Orwell, this was one of the most courageous stories ever published by a white American in its day. The final selection, "La sirena del faro" ("The Fog Horn") enshrines Bradbury's love of dinosaurs and prefigures Michael Crichton's later stories of contact between humans and prehistoric animals. Thoughtful, provocative, involving, even tender, these stories reveal why speculative fiction absorbs so many readers. The moody and compelling chalk illustrations scattered throughout come from the CreativeEducation series of the late 1980s, when these stories were issued as individual titles.
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