What is reality?
That is the theme and focus of this story by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury uses the universe, a space ship, a crew, and one distraught man. And he brings to the reader the search of what is real for this spaceman named Hitchcock.
Metaphors play an important part in rendering to the reader insights that Bradbury wishes to express. Things like the nothingness of space, and the nature of absence. Attempts to explain what one surmises as his own reality.
Perhaps it is merely a man loosing his way. But the deft pen of Bradbury propels the reader to delve far deeper than he might wish, into this complicated mind of the poor Mr. Hitchcock. That is to say, his life as he sees, or not sees it.
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