A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

by Ray Bradbury
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A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury

With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury's most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari -- sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly -- and possibly something else much closer to home ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062242075
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 188,082
File size: 799 KB

About the Author

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

Hometown:

Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1920

Place of Birth:

Waukegan, Illinois

Education:

Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California

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Sound of Thunder and Other Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favorite short stories. It has great detail and a whole bunch of other stuff. But my favorite thing is how it ends with a cliffhanger. We never really know what happens, all we know is that 'There was a sound of thunder.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Sound of Thunder & Other Stories' is a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories published between 1943 and 1956. Originally published as 'The Golden Apples of the Sun,' the collection features 32 of Bradbury's best short stories. In 'The Fog Horn,' the inspiration for the 1953 black and white science fiction classic `The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,¿ the nameless protagonist and his boss are putting in a night's work at a remote lighthouse when the resonating fog horn attracts one of many `mysteries of the sea.¿ In the futuristic tale `The Pedestrian,¿ Bradbury presents an eerie tale that might make you think twice before you step outside for an evening walk. And in `A Sound of Thunder¿ upon which the Peter Hyams film of 2005 is loosely based ¿ very, very loosely ¿ Time Safari, Inc. promises safaris anywhere in time to hunt prehistoric animals. Every precaution is implemented to avoid a time paradox and disturbing history, based on the principle that even the slightest change can cause major changes in the future. Travelers may only shoot animals already predestined for death by natural causes or circumstances at the exact moment and are required to stay on a path that hovers above the ground. Unfortunately for the protagonist, he unintentionally deviates from the path and takes one small errant step¿ Ray Bradbury, perhaps best-known today for his work `Fahrenheit 451¿, had once seized the minds of American readers for decades and inspired many more to follow in his literary footsteps. His stories have been the basis of screenplays for the classic television series `The Twilight Zone¿ and `The Outer Limits,¿ and feature films such as François Truffaut¿s brilliantly visionary film `Fahrenheit 451.¿ His stories are at once imaginatively complex yet simplistic in literary style. If you love science fiction ¿ the imaginative, visionary, thought-provoking, classic form of science fiction ¿ Ray Bradbury is a must for your personal collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it and i love the clif hanger ray has done it agin and if you watch the short film the sound of thunder hints at a gun shot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good author and writer of these srories
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this story! Can not get enough of it. Read it in class and it was awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great story about how a simple butterfly was hurt 60 million years ago and how we have to suffer from it now in this time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book specifically for one story. Having a difficult time with the stories. I have to admit after finishing some of the stories I scratch my head wondering what the message of the story was.