Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury

In an earlier post I mentioned, "In thinking back to my watching 2001: A Space Odyssey and then later watching the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, I am amazed at the amount of science fiction that has become science fact."

If you add Fantasy Science Fiction you can reach past the near future and stretch your imagination even further.  
It is some of the "impossible" inventions that may well come from the minds of those that are inspired by what they have read and seen.

Christian in Norway sent a note about how Ray Bradbury in the stories found in "The Golden Apples of the Sun" had made a huge impression.

Of course he would have to name a book I haven't read and will now have to see if I can find.

Coming up is a new movie, "The Martian" and some are questioning the science but not to worry.

If it does a good job of pricking the imagination, then good, more folks will look up and wonder.

It is the wonder and the emotion, that feeling in the gut, that gives us the motivation to get up and invent the impossible.

You connect the wires to the lemon and the needle on the meter moves.  It works, the rush of success.

You touch the frog leg and it twitches.

The rest is history. :-)

- LRK -

The Golden Apples of the Sun
by Ray Bradbury

The Golden Apples of the Sun is an anthology of 22 short stories (32 in the 1997 edition) by Ray Bradbury; it was first published in 1953.
The book's namesake is one of the short stories in the collection. Bradbury drew the title for the story from the last line of the final stanza to W. B. Yeats' poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (1899):
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
— W. B. YeatsThe Wind Among the Reeds
The last three lines of the poem are included in the beginning of the book as well.

Raymond Douglas "Ray" Bradbury[2] (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasyscience fiction,horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American genre writers. He wrote and consulted on many screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick[3] and It Came from Outer Space. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films.

The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere in between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940s in science fiction magazines. The stories were loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes for publication.

The Martian (2015)  October 2

The Martian (2015)

PG-13  |  141 min  |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  2 October 2015 (USA)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

 Ridley Scott

 Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)

 Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig |See full cast and crew »
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Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -