By Ray Bradbury
A bit trip (August 1951) marks Bradbury's ultimate contribution to the editorial decade of Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY journal. just like the MARTIAN CHRONICLES and THE FIREMAN, the tale demonstrates Bradbury's attribute mixing so early in his occupation of the sentimental and the transcendent, the homely and the paranormal. Bradbury's previous girls in area and their unusual end result are resembling his extra recognized tale KALEIDOSCOPE (published within the ILLUSTRATED guy) and its end indicates strange if understated energy. Bradbury's THE FIREMAN (the short-form model of FAHRENHEIT 451 which used to be doubled in size for its publication ebook in 1953) seemed within the February 1951 factor of GALAXY and extra solidified GALAXY's acceptance, as of extraordinary originality and ambition. Gold's dedication to the hugely formidable THE FIREMAN was once, then, brave for its time and gave exposure to the editor's insistence that GALAXY used to be a wholly new type of technological know-how fiction journal, one that was once way more orientated towards type and debatable social extrapolation than the opposite markets ever were. even though THE FIREMAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES were released previous to major awareness, Bradbury in 1951 was once under no circumstances a author of considerable attractiveness and his paintings was once seemed via so much technological know-how fiction editors and readers as marginal to the style.
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Perhaps it was two years ago—Bernhardt had been alive. The paintings had been huge, wall-to-wall, mountains and rivers and tremendous skies, some blue and unclouded and others tempestuous. Forests and valleys. The panorama: that was what they painted in the West. Geography run wild and mad. There’d been several with bloody battles going on at the bottom of the frame: Fall of the Red Republic, or something like that, was especially horrible, with its storm clouds of doom clenched in the sky like sick hearts seizing, thousands of tiny men struggling in a black valley, battle standards falling in the mud.
The General was a man of extraordinary character. He’d built the Red Valley Republic out of nothing—hadn’t he? He’d preserved it against all enemies and all odds, he’d taken the mere words of politicians and philosophers and he’d beaten the world into their mold. As the noise crashed rhythmlessly back and forth across his mind, he held tightly to his pride—which maybe slowed the process of disintegration but could not stop it. For twenty years the Republic had flourished, and it had been the finest moment in the history of the West; indeed, the finest of all possible moments, for the Republic had been constructed in accordance with the best possible theories of political virtue.
I’d say yes if they—” Buffo’s eyes were darting all around the bar. His audience was uncertain, drawing slowly away from him. The black-haired girl had busied herself elsewhere. He didn’t seem to notice. ” He banged his weapon again on the table. He stood suddenly, swaying, and tore open his shirt to bare a wiry chest. “You can’t kill me. They made me strong. I’m not like you anymore. Shoot me. ” No one took him up on his offer. He didn’t say anything else. After a while, he wandered out into the night, snatching up his money but leaving the cheap revolver forgotten on the table.
A Little Journey (The Galaxy Project) by Ray Bradbury