All Summer in a Day
|"All Summer In A Day"|
|Published in||The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction|
|Publication date||March 1954|
|Followed by||"Fahrenheit 451"|
One of the children, Margot, moved to Venus from Earth five years earlier, and she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine, since the sun shone regularly on Earth. She describes the sun as "a penny", or "like a fire in the stove", and the other children, being too young ever to have seen it themselves, refuse to believe her account of it. Out of jealousy, she is bullied and ostracized by the other students and finally locked in a closet during the time the sun is due to come out.
As the sun is about to appear, their teacher arrives to take the class outside to enjoy their only hour of sunshine and, in their astonishment and joy, they all forget about Margot. They run, play, skip, jump, and prance about, savoring every second of their newly found freedom. "It's much better than sun lamps!" one of them cries.
Suddenly, a girl feels a raindrop on her face. Thunder sounds, and they run back inside. Then one of them remembers Margot who is still locked in the closet. They stand frozen, ashamed for what they have done, unable to "meet each other's glances."
The precious sun has come and gone and, because of their despicable act, Margot has missed it. They walk slowly and silently towards the closet, and let her out.
A 30 minute television adaptation, originally broadcast on the PBS' children's series "WonderWorks" in 1982, is somewhat less emotionally distressing. The ending is expanded to show the children atoning for their horrible act by giving Margot flowers that they picked while the sun was out.
- Reesa Mallen as Margot
- Keith Mitchell as William
- Tammy Simpson as Paula
- Jerry Marshak as Michael
- Bridget Meade as Lisa
- Edith Fields as Mrs. Callaghan
All Summer in a Day is mentioned in a description of main character Oscar Wao, from Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. "Sucks a lot to be left out of adolescence, sort of like getting locked in the closet on Venus when the sun appears for the first time in 100 years." Although in Bradbury's All Summer in a Day, it comes out every seven years.
The story also is referenced in chapter 22 of Karen Thompson Walker’s novel The Age of Miracles.
- Publication history for "All Summer in a Day" at Author Wars web site. "This text is available under a Creative Commons License and may have been adapted from the All Summer in a Day bibliography at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database." Retrieved from http://authors.wizards.pro/books/titles/58363/all-summer-in-a-day.
- All Summer In A Day Pt. 3 on YouTube
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz, pg. 23
- Coleman, Loren (2012-06-06). "Martian Author Dies During Venus Transit". Retrieved 2012-06-06.
- All Summer in a Day title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Resources for finding the story