By Ray Bradbury
A bit trip (August 1951) marks Bradbury's ultimate contribution to the editorial decade of Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY journal. just like the MARTIAN CHRONICLES and THE FIREMAN, the tale demonstrates Bradbury's attribute mixing so early in his profession of the sentimental and the transcendent, the homely and the magical. Bradbury's outdated girls in area and their unusual consequence are akin to his extra well-known tale KALEIDOSCOPE (published within the ILLUSTRATED guy) and its end indicates strange if understated energy. Bradbury's THE FIREMAN (the short-form model of FAHRENHEIT 451 which used to be doubled in size for its e-book ebook in 1953) seemed within the February 1951 factor of GALAXY and additional solidified GALAXY's attractiveness, as of unparalleled originality and ambition. Gold's dedication to the hugely formidable THE FIREMAN used to be, then, brave for its time and gave exposure to the editor's insistence that GALAXY was once a completely new type of technological know-how fiction journal, one that was once way more orientated towards type and arguable social extrapolation than the opposite markets ever have been. even supposing THE FIREMAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES were released prior to major cognizance, Bradbury in 1951 was once in no way a author of considerable acceptance and his paintings was once looked through such a lot technology fiction editors and readers as marginal to the style.
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Of the destruction of the ancient world we have no coherent account. We know that it happened within a matter of weeks. That what struck, struck worldwide, we also know—a simultaneous siege of horror. But the horror and the confusion were so overwhelming that virtually no record was preserved; and since defense against the Dark generally entailed uncontrolled use of fire as a weapon, we lost what little information we might have had about their coming. We know that they came—but we do not know why.
Then she paused, confused at her blunder, for she remembered that the King and the wizard were friends, and that Eldor was almost certainly going to die before the week was out. But Ingold passed over her error like the gentleman he was. “I know Eldor would have been pleased to make your acquaintance,” he said. ” Some sound in the night made him suddenly alert, and he broke off, raising his head to listen. ” Gil whispered. Ingold turned back to her. “I’m afraid I must go,” he said politely. His voice seldom betrayed worry or fear—he might have been making his excuses because of a prior engagement for tea with the Queen of Numenor.
The guy was armed, after all, and something in the way he’d handled the sword made Rudy sure he knew how to use it. He looked like a harmless old buffer, except for the Francis of Assisi get-up, but years of association with the brotherhood of the road had given Rudy an instinctive caution of anybody who was armed, no matter how harmless he looked. Besides, anybody running around dressed like that was obviously certifiable. The old man watched him in return, looking rather amused, one thick-muscled hand absently caressing the child he held into muffled whimpers, then silence.