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Under en noggrant kontrollerad resa flera miljoner år tillbaka i tiden tar en av resenärerna ett enda litet snedsteg - som får ödesdigra konsekvenser och förändrar världen för all framtid. Varmt slem samlades i Eckels hals; han svalde hårt, pressade ned det. Musklerna runt munnen formade ett leende när han sakta sträckte ut handen i luften och viftade med en check på tiotu Under en noggrant kontrollerad resa flera miljoner år tillbaka i tiden tar en av resenärerna ett enda litet snedsteg - som får ödesdigra konsekvenser och förändrar världen för all framtid. Varmt slem samlades i Eckels hals; han svalde hårt, pressade ned det. Musklerna runt munnen formade ett leende när han sakta sträckte ut handen i luften och viftade med en check på tiotusen dollar mot mannen bakom disken. "Garanterar ni att jag kommer levande tillbakafrån safarin?" "Vi garanterar ingenting", sade försäljaren, "förutom dinosaurierna." Han vände sig om. "Det här är mr Travis, er safariguide i Det Förflutna." Översättare: Andres Bellis Den amerikanske författaren Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) slog igenom 1950 med novellsamlingen Invasion på Mars. Idag räknas han till en av de författare som lade grunden till den moderna anglosaxiska science fiction-litteraturen, trots att han - enligt honom själv - endast skrivit ett verk i genren: den dystopiska kultromanen Fahrenheit 451 från 1953. Berättelsen Ett dån av åska kom året innan och är en av hans mest kända noveller.


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Under en noggrant kontrollerad resa flera miljoner år tillbaka i tiden tar en av resenärerna ett enda litet snedsteg - som får ödesdigra konsekvenser och förändrar världen för all framtid. Varmt slem samlades i Eckels hals; han svalde hårt, pressade ned det. Musklerna runt munnen formade ett leende när han sakta sträckte ut handen i luften och viftade med en check på tiotu Under en noggrant kontrollerad resa flera miljoner år tillbaka i tiden tar en av resenärerna ett enda litet snedsteg - som får ödesdigra konsekvenser och förändrar världen för all framtid. Varmt slem samlades i Eckels hals; han svalde hårt, pressade ned det. Musklerna runt munnen formade ett leende när han sakta sträckte ut handen i luften och viftade med en check på tiotusen dollar mot mannen bakom disken. "Garanterar ni att jag kommer levande tillbakafrån safarin?" "Vi garanterar ingenting", sade försäljaren, "förutom dinosaurierna." Han vände sig om. "Det här är mr Travis, er safariguide i Det Förflutna." Översättare: Andres Bellis Den amerikanske författaren Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) slog igenom 1950 med novellsamlingen Invasion på Mars. Idag räknas han till en av de författare som lade grunden till den moderna anglosaxiska science fiction-litteraturen, trots att han - enligt honom själv - endast skrivit ett verk i genren: den dystopiska kultromanen Fahrenheit 451 från 1953. Berättelsen Ett dån av åska kom året innan och är en av hans mest kända noveller.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    The butterfly effect is a term coined by Edward Lorenz, an American mathematician, meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory (and who does NOT look like Jeff Goldblum) that essentially says that a hurricane can be influenced by the distant flapping of butterfly wings several weeks earlier. Although his research took place in the 50s, his description of the idea took place in the later 60s. Ray Bradbury’s short story A Sound of Thunder, first published in Collier's magazine in the June 28, 1952 The butterfly effect is a term coined by Edward Lorenz, an American mathematician, meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory (and who does NOT look like Jeff Goldblum) that essentially says that a hurricane can be influenced by the distant flapping of butterfly wings several weeks earlier. Although his research took place in the 50s, his description of the idea took place in the later 60s. Ray Bradbury’s short story A Sound of Thunder, first published in Collier's magazine in the June 28, 1952 issue and Playboy in June 1956 deals with, and actually includes, a butterfly and most definitely explains the idea in a fantastic way better adapted to lay explanation than the good physics professor Lorenz. Time Safari Inc., for a sizeable fee, will take a client back in time, WAY back, so that they can hunt a Tyrannosaurus Rex. But overly conscious of any possible effect on future time (the butterfly effect) great measures are taken to ensure that as little impact on time is allowed. Time Safari employees mark possible huntee animals as those who would have died anyway and a gravity defying path is formed to protect every blade of ancient grass. But what happens when a hunter walks off the path? Bradbury demonstrates AGAIN that he is the literary equivalent to Chuck Norris, kicking ass, taking names, and teaching physics without a chalkboard to generations of SF/F readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cecily

    A short story about using a time machine to hunt dinosaurs. The company that runs the trips is explicitly aware of the risks: “We don’t want to change the Future”, hence oxygen helmets, sterilised clothes, and an anti-gravity path that “Doesn’t touch so much as one grass blade”. What could possibly go wrong? It was more clichéd than exciting for me, but Bradbury wrote it in 1952, whereas the other explorations of these ideas I’ve read and watched mostly date from after that. It’s always a shame w A short story about using a time machine to hunt dinosaurs. The company that runs the trips is explicitly aware of the risks: “We don’t want to change the Future”, hence oxygen helmets, sterilised clothes, and an anti-gravity path that “Doesn’t touch so much as one grass blade”. What could possibly go wrong? It was more clichéd than exciting for me, but Bradbury wrote it in 1952, whereas the other explorations of these ideas I’ve read and watched mostly date from after that. It’s always a shame when trailblazers seem unoriginal because of their own success. I was less forgiving of the way it flipped between two very different writing styles: lyrical and sensuous descriptions (which I loved – see below) alternating with clunky and verbose exposition (which I disliked, so haven't quoted). Changing Morals This is set just after a presidential election, the result of which avoided “the worst kind of dictatorship. There’s an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, anti-Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual.” I’ve seen quite a few social media posts in the last eighteen months where people have longed for a time machine so that they could change the outcome of an election or referendum. If that were possible, would that undermine democracy or possibly secure it? I suppose it depends in part on whether you used facts and persuasion to change the result, or cheated somehow. What about big game hunting and trophy photos? When this was written, few would think it inherently wrong. Nowadays, it gives the story a different slant. Think of the uproar about the US dentist who shot Cecil the lion – on the edge of a reserve where hunting is allowed. And the number of people who were outraged by a picture of Stephen Spielberg with a trophy of a dead triceratops! Butterfly Effect This story is credited with the first use of the idea. However, the phrase itself was coined a few years later by Edward Lorenz, in the context of climate modelling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterf.... Lush Descriptions Bradbury loves waxing lyrical about fire (see Fahrenheit 451, which I reviewed HERE) “There was a sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time, all the years and all the parchment calendars, all the hours piled high and set aflame… Out of chars and ashes, out of dust and coals, like golden salamanders, the old years, the green years, might leap; roses sweeten the air, white hair turn Irish-black, wrinkles vanish; all, everything fly back to seed, flee death, rush down to their beginnings, suns rise in western skies and set in glorious east. ” “The jungle was high and the jungle was broad and the jungle was the entire world forever and forever. Sounds like music and sounds like flying tents filled the sky, and those were pterodactyls soaring with cavernous gray wings, gigantic bats of delirium and night fever. ” “It came on great oiled, resilient, striding legs. It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god, folding its delicate watchmaker’s claws close to its oily reptilian chest. Each lower leg was a piston, a thousand pounds of white bone, sunk in thick ropes of muscle, sheathed over in a gleam of pebbled skin like the mail6 of a terrible warrior. Each thigh was a ton of meat, ivory, and steel mesh. And from the great breathing cage of the upper body those two delicate arms dangled out front, arms with hands which might pick up and examine men like toys, while the snake neck coiled. And the head itself, a ton of sculptured stone, lifted easily upon the sky. Its mouth gaped, exposing a fence of teeth like daggers. Its eyes rolled, ostrich eggs, empty of all expression save hunger. It closed its mouth in a death grin. It ran, its pelvic bones crushing aside trees and bushes, its taloned feet clawing damp earth, leaving prints six inches deep wherever it settled its weight. It ran with a gliding ballet step, far too poised and balanced for its ten tons. It moved into a sunlit arena warily, its beautifully reptilian hands feeling the air. ” “Its armored flesh glittered like a thousand green coins. The coins, crusted with slime, steamed. In the slime, tiny insects wriggled, so that the entire body seemed to twitch and undulate. ”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This is the Ray Bradbury SF story that inspired the "butterfly effect" theory ... well, maybe. At least there's a really intriguing connection there! Review first posted at www.fantasyliterature.com: In the year 2055 (about 100 years in the future when Ray Bradbury wrote this classic science fiction short story), one of the uses of time travel is for big game “safari” hunting: hunters pay a huge fee to take a guided safari trip to the far-distant past and bag a Tyrannosaurus Rex or other dinosaur This is the Ray Bradbury SF story that inspired the "butterfly effect" theory ... well, maybe. At least there's a really intriguing connection there! Review first posted at www.fantasyliterature.com: In the year 2055 (about 100 years in the future when Ray Bradbury wrote this classic science fiction short story), one of the uses of time travel is for big game “safari” hunting: hunters pay a huge fee to take a guided safari trip to the far-distant past and bag a Tyrannosaurus Rex or other dinosaur. In order to avoid any chance of changing the past and affecting the future, the hunting party is strictly enjoined to stay on a metal pathway floating six inches above the earth, and to shoot only dinosaurs that were a minute or two away from death from other causes. Eckels, their latest hunter, is torn between his desire to kill a T Rex and a case of nerves, exacerbated by the appearance of the Tyrant Lizard:It came on great oiled, resilient, striding legs. It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god, folding its delicate watchmaker’s claws close to its oily reptilian chest. Each lower leg was a piston, a thousand pounds of white bone, sunk in thick ropes of muscle, sheathed over in a gleam of pebbled skin like the mail of a terrible warrior… Its mouth gaped, exposing a fence of teeth like daggers.Can Eckels overcome his nerves and ― more importantly ― stay on the Path? Bradbury relates this adventure story in a more straightforward way than much of his work, although there are perhaps a few excess adjectives strewn along the Path. Still, the dramatic tension holds through the entire story, although the ending may not logically hold water. Frankly, I’ve never been able to understand how authors can justify an act in the past changing the future, except for the memories of those people who had traveled to the past ... and then they go back to the future and they're the only ones who remember the old version of the world. It just doesn't make sense to me, although I understand its usefulness as a plot device. “A Sound of Thunder” is famous as for its ― perhaps tenuous and coincidental, but nevertheless compelling ― connection to the “butterfly effect” concept of chaos theory. In 1963, a meteorologist named Edward Lorenz suggested that the beat of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world might ultimately cause a tornado on the other side of the world. Lorenz’s point was that nature is highly sensitive to tiny changes, making weather impossible to predict accurately more than a few days in advance. The butterfly in Bradbury’s story also causes a tornado of sorts, albeit not by flapping its wings! Original story illustrations, courtesy of http://www.sffaudio.com/radio-drama-r...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Time travel, Dinosaurs, Democracy or Dictatorship The adventure in the Past begins SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST. YOU NAME THE ANIMAL. WE TAKE YOU THERE. YOU SHOOT IT. A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels' throat; he swallowed and pushed it down. The muscles around his mouth formed a smile as he put his hand slowly out upon the air, and in that hand waved a check for ten thousand dollars to the man behind the desk. "Does this safari guarantee I come back alive?" "We guarantee nothing, "He turned. "Thi Time travel, Dinosaurs, Democracy or Dictatorship The adventure in the Past begins SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST. YOU NAME THE ANIMAL. WE TAKE YOU THERE. YOU SHOOT IT. A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels' throat; he swallowed and pushed it down. The muscles around his mouth formed a smile as he put his hand slowly out upon the air, and in that hand waved a check for ten thousand dollars to the man behind the desk. "Does this safari guarantee I come back alive?" "We guarantee nothing, "He turned. "This is Mr. Travis, your Safari Guide in the Past. He'll tell you what and where to shoot. If he says no shooting, no shooting. If you disobey instructions, there's a stiff penalty of another ten thousand dollars, plus possible government action, on your return." Voting selections "A real Time Machine." He shook his head. "Makes you think. If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results. Thank God Keith won. He'll make a fine President of the United States." "Yes," said the man behind the desk. "We're lucky. If Deutscher had gotten in, we'd have the worst kind of dictatorship. There's an anti-everything man for you, a mili- tarist, anti-Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual. People called us up, you know, joking but not joking. Said if Deutscher became President they wanted to go live in 1492- Of course it's not our business to conduct Escapes, but to form Safaris. Anyway, Keith's President now. All you got to worry about is" "Shooting my dinosaur," Eckels finished it for him. "A Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Thunder Lizard, the damnedest monster in history. Sign this release. Anything happens to you, we're not responsible. Those dinosaurs are hungry." Stay on the Path! He indicated a metal path that struck off into green wilderness, over steaming swamp, among giant ferns and palms. "And that," he said, "is the Path, laid by Time Safari for your use. It floats six inches above the earth. Doesn't touch so much as one grass blade, flower, or tree. It's an anti-gravity metal. Its purpose is to keep you from touching this world of the past in any way. Stay on the Path. Don't go off it. I repeat. Don't go off. For any reason! If you fall off, there's a penalty. And don't shoot any animal we don't okay." "We don't want to change the Future. We don't belong here in the Past. The government doesn't like us here. We have to pay big graft to keep our franchise. A Time Machine is damn finicky business. Not knowing it, we might kill an important animal, a small bird, a roach, a flower even, thus destroying an important link in a growing species." Run away, run away! The Monster roared, teeth glittering with sun. Eckels, not looking back, walked blindly to the edge of the Path, his gun limp in his arms, stepped off the Path, and walked, not knowing it, in the jungle. His feet sank into green moss. Oh no. By stepping off the Path Eckels had changed the Past and would now affect the Future. Find out what waits for him in the modern world... Enjoy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    Butterfly Effect, Chaos Theory, time paradoxes, all are contained in this brilliant short story by Ray Bradbury. It's about time travel and it's possible consequences on the future, and as usual Bradbury's messages are not delivered with subtlety; they are delivered with force and they are delivered loudly, and they roll around in your consciousness like "a sound of thunder".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tisha

    Wow! Another brilliant story by Ray Bradbury! Although it's a really short one, you will get the essence of a lot of things like safari, time travel, the butterfly effect (literally and I loved this part the most!) etc. I can see that the story was first published in 1951 and it talks about 2055! Isn't that interesting? Bradbury was really ahead of his times I must say! :D

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rory

    It wasn't a good story or story line, and it had a lot of unnecessary (long) lists of cause and effect that were unneeded for the plot line in the first place. Plus the ending is awful! It doesn't wrap anything up, and just abruptly ends the story!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Why are you reading reviews right now? You could probably read the whole story in the time you're spending reading reviews. Click here for a free copy!!!! You won't be disappointed. Hopefully you listened to me and left, but obviously, if you're reading this, you didn't. Here's a second chance. Seriously? You didn't click the link? Shame on you. I'll cut to the real review now. This was a grate boook tht was funn to read. Itta had eferythinc that yu could want. It waz grate. You're probably thinking Why are you reading reviews right now? You could probably read the whole story in the time you're spending reading reviews. Click here for a free copy!!!! You won't be disappointed. Hopefully you listened to me and left, but obviously, if you're reading this, you didn't. Here's a second chance. Seriously? You didn't click the link? Shame on you. I'll cut to the real review now. This was a grate boook tht was funn to read. Itta had eferythinc that yu could want. It waz grate. You're probably thinking that I can't write a review. It's not that I can't. I just want you to click the link. You have one more chance. Click the link.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first Ray Bradbury short story I've ever read turns out to be one of the best short stories I've ever read. I'm hoping that's not just a coincidence. I'm not going to bother with much of a synopsis, considering the story is about seven pages long and you should be reading it RIGHT NOW. But I will say that my mind was very, very blown. It's a rare thing for authors to cover all their bases in short stories, but Bradbury has done it. Just when you start to think "But what-? How did they-?" He an The first Ray Bradbury short story I've ever read turns out to be one of the best short stories I've ever read. I'm hoping that's not just a coincidence. I'm not going to bother with much of a synopsis, considering the story is about seven pages long and you should be reading it RIGHT NOW. But I will say that my mind was very, very blown. It's a rare thing for authors to cover all their bases in short stories, but Bradbury has done it. Just when you start to think "But what-? How did they-?" He answers it. This is an especially hard thing to do when writing time- and dimension-bending stories, since it involves a technology that seems centuries from being invented, but Bradbury's vision of time travel and it's implications really rocked my world, as it is the one thing you almost never see: travelling to the distant past or future, having a little adventure, and coming back to the present and finding it irreparably changed because of your actions. The one little snag you put in the thread of time grows and tangles over the millennia until you end up with a universe where millions of things have transpired that wouldn't have if you didn't change one little tiny thing in the past. Like stepping on a butterfly. Bradbury's prose is silken and lyrical and the imagery he uses to bring the lofty concept of time travel down to earth is wonderful. There is one particular line of dialogue that made me stop in my tracks. Don't quote me on this, since I don't have the story in front of me, but the safari guide (Travis was his name, I think) says to the hunters something along the lines of, "Did you feel that bump in the time machine just now? That was us passing ourselves on our way back to the future." I mean, WOAH. It makes sense. In time travelling, you pass yourself, a version of you that knows more than you do know, and maybe a completely different person than who you are when you see them. Somebody whose past is your future, and who has experienced things you have no idea will even happen, and been shaped by events that haven't even come to pass. There are dozens of paradoxes concerning time travel, but there's one I remember called the Grandfather Paradox that goes something like: If you travel back in time and kill your grandparents before they give birth to your parents, and you cease to exist, does that mean that you never go back in time to kill your grandparents in the first place? It's all about how changing the past damages and fucks with the present and future, but it also raises questions about where, or when, rather, you are. Like if you travel to the past, doesn't it cease to be the past because you are now experiencing it as you would the present? Would you be affected if you were in the future and somebody else did something in the past that changes it? Could you be time travelling and then suddenly cease to exist because another time traveller killed your grandparents, but the time traveller was actually you in the future, but how could it be if your grandparents were killed?! How could there even be a you? The moral of that story is to never kill your grandparents, obviously. And what's to stop you from accidentally meeting yourself in the past? Would you immediately start to have memories of meeting yourself, since it was in your past? And don't even get me started on Robert Heinlein's bizarre short story on time-travelling and a seriously warped family tree, 'All You Zombies'. (Read it here: http://faculty.uca.edu/rnovy/Heinlein....) It's all rather complicated and it makes my brain hurt. But I digress. I apologise for all the spoilers, but you shouldn't even be reading this review right now. You should be reading 'A Sound of Thunder'. So stop reading and go out there and create a version of time where you read that short story instead of this review, and maybe change the future irreparably in the process. To make it even easier, here's the link the the story: http://www.onebee.com/media/PDF/A_Sou.... Click it, god damn it. P.S. I just attempted to watch the film adaptation of this story, and it was awful. Terrible, cliché, wouldn't-touch-it-with-a-ten-foot-pole, my-retinas-are-burning-from-its-terribleness, awful. I'm sure even Ben Kingsley is trying to erase it from his memory. Do not watch it. P.P.S. While I was editing this review, a storm began to approach and I heard thunder in the distance... IT IS A SIGN!

  10. 4 out of 5

    COME_TO_THE_DARK_SIDE

    What would happen if you make the tiniest of errors? Bradbury makes a great explanation of the chaos theory. Contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the concept of the butterfly effect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    4 Stars I had to read this book for my English class that I am taking this year. At first I was not to crazy about reading this book simply because what we read in school is always is boring for me. As we got reading though I had changed my mind about this book. I did like how it was short with only 41 pages. I was kind of surprised that we actually read a book that was short because most of the time we read books that are kind of long. I thought the writing was good. I was really surprised that 4 Stars I had to read this book for my English class that I am taking this year. At first I was not to crazy about reading this book simply because what we read in school is always is boring for me. As we got reading though I had changed my mind about this book. I did like how it was short with only 41 pages. I was kind of surprised that we actually read a book that was short because most of the time we read books that are kind of long. I thought the writing was good. I was really surprised that it was easy to understand better than I thought it would be. I would maybe read this book again maybe once or twice. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a short book to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    The impact of our actions...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tim Pendry

    Possibly the most anthologised science fiction story of all time, this 1952 tale has dinosaurs and the problems of time travel so what's not to love. In fact, its interest lies in its early exposure of the public of time travel paradox and the butterfly effect (which Bradbury uses here but did not invent). Like most science fiction, it does not last well in terms of the detail required to maintain an illusion of credibility and the writing is actually not the best we have seen from Bradbury but i Possibly the most anthologised science fiction story of all time, this 1952 tale has dinosaurs and the problems of time travel so what's not to love. In fact, its interest lies in its early exposure of the public of time travel paradox and the butterfly effect (which Bradbury uses here but did not invent). Like most science fiction, it does not last well in terms of the detail required to maintain an illusion of credibility and the writing is actually not the best we have seen from Bradbury but it gets its ideas across simply and entertainingly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madhulika Liddle

    In 2055, a company named Time Safari Inc. has invented a time machine which it uses as the main tool of a commercial enterprise—of taking big game hunters back millions of years into the age of the dinosaurs, and giving them a chance to kill something magnificent. Like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which the main character of this short story, Eckels, has paid to be able to hunt. It’s all very carefully planned, and there are strict rules about what you may do and what you may not. Down to the detail o In 2055, a company named Time Safari Inc. has invented a time machine which it uses as the main tool of a commercial enterprise—of taking big game hunters back millions of years into the age of the dinosaurs, and giving them a chance to kill something magnificent. Like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which the main character of this short story, Eckels, has paid to be able to hunt. It’s all very carefully planned, and there are strict rules about what you may do and what you may not. Down to the detail of a special antigravity path being constructed above the forest floor, to the time travellers’ clothing being sterilized—so that nothing from the future may, even inadvertently, contaminate the past. Since a little, seemingly trivial, incident in the past has the potential to impact the future in ways we can only guess at. Bradbury at his best. A short, thrilling (at times really scary, because it’s so very visual) story that illustrates—quite literally—the butterfly effect. A fine bit of sci fi, and I appreciate the fact that Bradbury doesn’t explain everything at the end, leaving a good bit to the reader’s imagination.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This is actually a short story from Ray Bradbury. Its not something super shiny or fancy by today's standards, but there are so many books, comics and movies that have been based on the things written in this story. At its core, this book is about rich men who manage to pay for a unique experience. They get to enter a time machine and go back millions of years to hunt dinosaurs. This does not go well for them, and the mistake, literally the Butterfly Effect used more and more ever since this sho This is actually a short story from Ray Bradbury. Its not something super shiny or fancy by today's standards, but there are so many books, comics and movies that have been based on the things written in this story. At its core, this book is about rich men who manage to pay for a unique experience. They get to enter a time machine and go back millions of years to hunt dinosaurs. This does not go well for them, and the mistake, literally the Butterfly Effect used more and more ever since this short story,is the simple fact that an insect returns with the hunters to the present day. The time wave and resulting changes from something coming back from millions of years causes the present day world to turn to the cretacious period. It is a horrifying thought and a fantastic experience to read. Danny

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peter Wolfley

    I was making a joke about time travel at work and was rebuked by a librarian for not knowing my source material. He recommended I read this before I make any more erroneous jokes about how small changes in the past can make huge changes in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Time travel and dinosaurs? Hell yeah! 3.5 stars You can read it here. Time travel and dinosaurs? Hell yeah! 3.5 stars You can read it here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nicole

    I love Bradbury for the sci-fi elements, but I also love that his books have so much historical context. You can see how outdated his concepts from the 50s are and it always sends me into great Wikipedia article tailspins to try to figure out what he’s referencing. The concept of significance in this story is so incredible. By going back in time, everything becomes so much more important. I think it makes you reflect on your own importance and how the future can be more dependent on you than the I love Bradbury for the sci-fi elements, but I also love that his books have so much historical context. You can see how outdated his concepts from the 50s are and it always sends me into great Wikipedia article tailspins to try to figure out what he’s referencing. The concept of significance in this story is so incredible. By going back in time, everything becomes so much more important. I think it makes you reflect on your own importance and how the future can be more dependent on you than the present. I also love the visual of the past making Africa look like Illinois. Everything is relative. “If Deutscher had gotten in, we’d have the worst kind of dictatorship. There’s an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, antiChrist, anti-human, anti-intellectual.” The president discussion was highly ironic to me. Even though it’s set in 2055, since his story was published in 1952 was he echoing sentiments from the Eisenhower election, or was he just commenting on politics in general? “Some dinosaurs have two brains, one in the head, another far down the spinal column. We stay away from those.” Apparently this was a common myth in the 50s and even up to the turn of the century. Which prompted Smithsonian to publish a great article with the tagline: “contrary to popular belief, dinosaurs didn't have butt brains.” Who knew? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science...


  19. 4 out of 5

    Glitterbomb

    This is an excellent and thoroughly engaging short story exploring the concepts of 'The Butterfly Effect' and 'Time Paradox'. Thrill seekers are sent back in time to experience the ultimate rush; hunting dinosaurs - but are warned extensively about the dangers of altering the past. Ray Bradbury really was a pioneer of science fiction, and I love how his tales are so readable and compelling, and they translate incredibly well to modern times.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Polly Roth

    I don't know why, but I've been thinking about this short story a lot lately. I read it 5 or 6 years ago, and it still influences the way I think. If that's not a sign of an amazing piece of writing, I don't know what is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason Liwag

    One of the most interesting short stories I've ever read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ladiibbug

    Short Story Excellent story - Bradbury is the first person who showed "The Butterfly Effect" in this story from the 1950's. Definitely want to read more of this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ariya

    I was tutoring my student for the final exam, and she had to revise this short story while I was there, sitting calmly to contain the envy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mathews

    The short story that gave us The Butterfly Effect. (view spoiler)[I wish it really was possible to change the outcome of an election by stepping on a butterfly. (hide spoiler)] The short story that gave us The Butterfly Effect. (view spoiler)[I wish it really was possible to change the outcome of an election by stepping on a butterfly. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ceci

    Bradbury's works are simply amazing. I have always loved the idea of the Butterfly Effect and how every little action is important. Highly recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jaclynn

    So much fun! Incorporating into my class literacy block.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LunaLovegood

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Most of it was really unnecessary, and *spoiler alert*the main character DIES in the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A short story about time travel, the condition of nature and the butterfly effect.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Rating Original Rating: 5/5 [read 2008] New Rating: 5/5 [read, 26 March 2017] Genre This is a classical science fiction short story by the pen of Ray Bradbury. About the Book This story features a time safari that takes you back in time to hunt dinosaurs – and warns of the danger of altering the past. Why did I choose this book to read? I was reading The Egg and it reminded me of how much I loved this story when I was back in Year Eight, and my partner and I had been discussing the theory behind this a Rating Original Rating: 5/5 [read 2008] New Rating: 5/5 [read, 26 March 2017] Genre This is a classical science fiction short story by the pen of Ray Bradbury. About the Book This story features a time safari that takes you back in time to hunt dinosaurs – and warns of the danger of altering the past. Why did I choose this book to read? I was reading The Egg and it reminded me of how much I loved this story when I was back in Year Eight, and my partner and I had been discussing the theory behind this a few nights ago, and I just had to read this again. Pricing I read this online for free here [pdf file] What did I think of it? This story still entrances me. The theories that are opened up by this book may very well never be discovered, or it will be much later in our future that it’s discovered, or even tomorrow, and our whole reality will change without us even knowing it. Maybe I need to have more knowledge in quantum physics to understand this book even more, but the moral of this story seems to be: don’t try to change the past. It can only be disastrous. Or perhaps it’s just a story written around Chaos Theory/The Butterfly Effect and I’m totally mistaken. Did I have any qualms with it? No qualms with this whatsoever. Would I recommend it and who to? I would recommend this to everyone, in all honesty; this is one of my favourite books and has been for such a long time. Overall opinion This is an amazing story. Not only does it open up a future we may all want, but it also shows the dangers of this future should we ever have it. It’s a fun introduction to the chaos theory, and I remember this being the book that got me into that, which did make me study quantum physics for a little while. This book has a special place in my heart, and I think it always will.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dumb dumb dumb. If a man stepping on a blade of grass or crushing a butterfly in the past has such far-reaching effects into the future, then so should the different way the dinosaur falls when it its shot on safari than it would have under natural circumstances - even if they manage to time it almost to the same second. Or, how did the time travel company lay their special anti-grav path without that mucking things up? What if a dinosaur tripped over it and died early? AND, the guy who supposed Dumb dumb dumb. If a man stepping on a blade of grass or crushing a butterfly in the past has such far-reaching effects into the future, then so should the different way the dinosaur falls when it its shot on safari than it would have under natural circumstances - even if they manage to time it almost to the same second. Or, how did the time travel company lay their special anti-grav path without that mucking things up? What if a dinosaur tripped over it and died early? AND, the guy who supposedly went back early and "tracked the animals to find one whose death would have the least effect" is supposed to have done this all while staying on the path? And how long exactly did dinosaurs live - did he track one for years and years till its untimely demise? Why isn't he preternaturally aged then when he returns to the present? Stupid stupid stupid premise.

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