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Tinkoo said in April 2nd, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Interesting story – I’d not seen it before. Thanks for links.

Rusty said in April 3rd, 2008 at 7:11 am


I like it. This is a story that many grade school children (in the USA) read in class. Its probably one of the first scifi stories I ever read!

Cali said in April 8th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I loved the poetry (the images of the rain and forest). And how he gave life, almost character, to the sun and the rain.

Although, on the logical side: isn’t Venus hot as hell?

Ray wrote a great story called “The one Who Waits.” This one should be made into a movie! It had me on the edge of my seat. Something is living on Mars . . .

Rusty said in April 8th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I agree Cali – the imagery in this story is amazing! And yes, I believe that Venus is actually very hot, but perhaps in 1954 not many people knew that.

LukeD said in September 29th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

I read this story in gradeschool, and never forgot it. I have thought of it often in the twenty or so years which have passed since then, but had no hope of remembering the name or the author.
I decided tonight to do a google search of it, for no apparent reason (probably because Venus was on my mind from having recently read “The Black Star Passes” by Campbell), and found The Union AV Club article which included questions from a bunch of people with my exact problem.

Nice blast from the past, and now, when authors and titles have somewhat more meaning to me, it is good to know.

As for Venus: this was written over ten years before the first probes of Venus told us anything about its surface temperature. It is quite warm there (~735 D K), but–while it was believed to be hot–it was not known that the temperature was nearly that high at the time of writing.

Luke D.

Rusty said in September 30th, 2008 at 7:44 am

Thanks Luke,

I first read it in gradeschool too. I wonder if current gradeschool children still have to read it? I hope so, it is a great introduction to science fiction literature.

Bart's Bookshelf said in January 18th, 2009 at 7:13 am

Lovely story, really enjoyed the imagery.

Mario Rios Pinot said in March 11th, 2009 at 10:59 am

“All Summer in a Day” is an ok story, I think its called speculative fiction, whatever that is, not really science fiction, since there is very little of it and the story could take place anywhere. It seems rich in meatphores and similes, of which I can give no examples. Thank you. PS I think I saw a study guide page for it, free.

Vickie said in April 28th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I had my sixth graders read this story and they hated it! Why? Because they didn’t like the kids’ behavior towards Margo.

I was floored. The majority of the kids just wanted a happy ending. Too bad, but I’m still going to use the story next year. It is too good to cave in to the “happy ending only” people.

Rusty said in April 29th, 2009 at 8:19 am

Hey Vickie,

I guess I can see your students’ point of view, but I agree that you shouldn’t stop using this story, there are just too many situations in real life that don’t have happy endings – so better get used to it now!

Maybe you should have them read Just Before Recess by James Van Pelt, that ending should please them much more! 😉