Closet Case

I was reminded today, by a friend, of Ray Bradbury’s haunting, chilling short-short story “All Summer in a Day.” I find it a good deal more powerful than “Nightfall,” Isaac Asimov’s noisier and more celebrated treatment of a similar situation.  But then, Bradbury vs. Asimov isn’t really a fair fight.  (No diss to Asimov – the wisest of men is as an ape before the god.)


3 Responses to Closet Case

  1. Matt R.L. August 11, 2008 at 6:13 am #


    Only tangentially related, but by any chance have you read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire? If not, please allow me to recommend you do so with all haste. It is, without a doubt in my mind, the apogee of fantasy.

  2. Black Bloke August 12, 2008 at 1:01 am #

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    I think PBS ruined it though. Even if it was only on net.

  3. John Petrie August 14, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    Oh, my god! We read this in…8th grade, I think. I completely forgot the title and the author. I wouldn’t have guessed it was Bradbury.

    During college I finally read “Nightfall” after hearing the hype about it for years, and it was very disappointing. I guess it was a good idea but was poorly executed. It’s the only thing by Asimov I’ve been really disappointed by. I’ll have no more of your Asimov-bashing!

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