Author: Ray Bradbury
Pages: 17 pages
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Here I am in the Wayback Machine. I love golden-age sci-fi. Ray Bradbury was and still is one of the defining authors of this time period.
I wouldn't usually review just one short story, but this short has appeared in dozens of collections. I first encountered it in audiotape form. One reader doing multiple voices. It was fascinating.
This version is from the book, The Illustrated Man which is chocked full of golden age sci-fi, which is both amusing and terrifying.
The Veldt is a precursor to all those Star Trek stories about the holodeck. A husband and wife buy "the Happylife Home", a product that does everything for the inhabitants. The most important part was the nursery which displayed images on the walls for children's amusement. The parents, George and Lydia soon discover how this can go awry when the children permanently set it for the African Veldt. Roars of lions flood the home.
All 17 pages are predicated on self-sufficiency versus automation. When George and Lydia attempt to turn off the house to act for themselves and the betterment of their children, the outcome is tragic.
You can view this one on youtube. This performance is totally low-fi and is my favorite.