What do you think is Ray’s greatest Science Fiction short story?
"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder . . . "
Respectfully, this for me is like asking someone to name their favorite child. There are so many great stories by Mr. Bradbury, I wouldn’t know where to begin.
I agree that it is almost impossible to pick just one Ray Bradbury science fiction story as "the greatest". However, two personal favorites that immediately come to mind are "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "All Summer in A Day". Both are sad, poignant, and (at least for me) unforgettable.
This is a very good question, because many people think Ray was mainly a science fiction writer, while he often said he wasn't a science fiction writer at all (except for Fahrenheit 451, which he admitted was SF). The truth is somewhere in between. Ray did write science fiction — a lot of it — during the 1940s, but after Fahrenheit 451 he wrote virtually no new SF.
So what was the best of his science fiction period?
In all probability, Ray's best science fiction story is "And the Rock Cried Out".
If you absolutely forced me to name just one SF story by him, that's the one I'd name.
However, there are other very strong contenders: "There Will Come Soft Rains", "A Sound of Thunder", "The Veldt", and "The Fog Horn". "The Fireman" (the shorter version of Fahrenheit 451), must be considered as well.
And don't forget the story that was for many years my favorite Ray Bradbury story: "Frost and Fire". The first few pages are as good as anything I've mentioned here, although the story is a bit more ordinary towards the end.
"The Long Rain" and "All Summer in a Day" (his two Venus stories) are good too. There are others, but I'll stop there!
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