Retro Records: Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”- Read By Leonard Nimoy

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Welcome back to a new installment of Retro Records and this week we have a nice little audible treat for your ears, Leonard Nimoy reading Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”, originally released on Caedmon Records back in 1975.

From Weird Fantasy #17, illustrated by Wally Wood.

From Weird Fantasy #17, illustrated by Wally Wood.

It is a tale of an object that had great purpose in the lives of its charges but is now rendered pointless. A moving short story and a fantastic example of how Bradbury could give…life…to an object, a collection of humming circuits and wires, how a house of the future spends it’s last day. Of course Nimoy’s narration doesn’t hurt the story in the least, his delivery is deadpan for the most part and even though I know the ending of the story I still felt myself becoming anxious as disaster begins to loom.

So come join us today on Retro Records as we take a few minutes and wait down here in the Retroist Vault for inveitably “There Will Come Soft Rains”.

[Via] Max Mercury

For a look at what that house of the future might have resembled, why not enjoy this video showcasing the 1957 Disneyland “Monsanto House of the Future”?

[Via] Expo Lounge

For a different look of the same house why not take a quick peek at a similar post by the Retroist from back in 2009?


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One thought on “Retro Records: Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”- Read By Leonard Nimoy

  1. Max Power says:

    Possibly my favorite SF short story. At the first listen, the shock is over the family. In later listenings, you may think about whether a complex intelligent system like the house is “alive” and if it’s rational to feel sad for its suffering and destruction.
    For the old-time-radio fans, there have been several good radio adaptations of it. Both Dimension X and X Minus One had adaptations in 1950 and 1956 respectively. If I remember correctly, the 1956 version had a different plot in which people abandoned earth, instead of being incinerated.
    I didn’t realize it until this morning, but Teasdale’s poem was written in 1920, long before the atomic bomb. I always assumed it was post WWII.

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