Ray Bradbury
All Summer in a Day

Here is a small horror story set on the planet Venus, where the children there have never seen the sun. Perhaps they recall it in some deep sleep, for they were 2 years old when it had once come out from behind the clouds.

Enter the girl Margot, who had lived on Earth until 4 years of age, and remembers the sun, but now is gone somewhat mad, perhaps, with all the constant gloom, the darkness, the rain. Oh, the rain!


Bradbury provokes us with this scenario of wicked children, who hide Margot in a closet. But it is not that she doesn't get to see the sun peek out for a moment this one day in her life, but that she remembers it well, and the inability to have it touch her face once again, makes this most disturbing.

Again, Bradbury weaves his prose of bringing the reader fully into this scary little story. It makes it so that you never really seem to forget it once you have read it.

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“Ready ?”


“Now ?”


“Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it ?”

“Look, look; see for yourself !”

The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds, intermixed, peering out for a look at the hidden sun.

It rained.

It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus, and this was the school room of the children of the rocket men and women who had come to a raining world to set up civilization and live out their lives.

“It's stopping, it's stopping !”…

You can find this story in “The Stories of Ray Bradbury”.

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