Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time Travel with Phil ROUS 6:29

Painting: by Utagawa Kuniyoshi(1899)

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradburry(1952)


A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others. Charles Darwin



Summary-Non Spoiled


  • Length:11 Pages
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Category: Time Travel in the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Dinosaur Time Travel.

  • Rules and Possible Paradoxes Of Time Travel
    1. Stay on the path. A time traveler can not touch the past in any way or there are giant consequences. "With a stump of your foot, you annihilate first one, then a dozen, then a thousand, a million, a billion possible mice."Butterfly Effect
    2. Can't meet your self.


    What's It About?

    A group of men go on a hunt. The hunt takes place back in time during the age of the dinosaurs. The only rule for the hunt is stay on the path. What happens when one man walks off the path? What consequences are there in a future world not yet evolved?

    First Words



    The Sign on the wall seemed to quaver under a film of sliding warm water.

    Last Words



    There was a sound of thunder.

    Favorite Quote



    There was a sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time, all the years and all the parchment calenders, all the hours piled high and set aflame.

    what I Learned About Writing



    Ray Bradbury used delicate prose that could easily turn into Haiku like poetry, he masterfully describes the delicacy involved with time. A Sound Of Thunder makes me ponder, "What would a Hemingway Story look like if he was able to travel back in time and bag a dinosaur?"

    Turnip Tidbits



    1. Wrote a screenplay for "Mobey-Dick".
    2. "Sound of Thunder" was one of the catalyst for the Butterfly Effect Theory: events from the past can greatly change the future. It was made into a movie in 2005.
    3. Born to Sweedish Imigrants in Waukegan, Illinois.

    Where to Find It?

    The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century Edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg

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