All Summer in a Day

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"All Summer In A Day"
Author Ray Bradbury
Country United States
Language English
Series Ray Bradbury
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Media type Magazine
Publication date March 1954
Followed by "Fahrenheit 451"

"All Summer in a Day" is a short story by the author Ray Bradbury. This science fiction story was originally published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

The story is about a class of school children on Venus, which in this story is a world of constant rainstorms, where the sun is only visible for one hour every seven years.

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. She is bullied and ostracized by the other students and is locked in a closet.

As the sun is about to appear, their teacher arrives to take the class outside to enjoy their only two hours 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 catches a raindrop in her hands. Thunder sounds, and they run back inside. At this point one of them remembers Margot who is still locked in the closet. Ashamed, they let her out of the closet, standing frozen, embarrassed over what they have done, and unable to "meet each others glances."

The precious sun has come and gone and, because of their despicable act, Margot, who loved the sun the most has missed it.

Adaptations[edit]

Television episode[edit]

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.[2] The Director of Photography was Robert Elswit, who went on to become an Academy Award winning cinematographer.

Cast[edit]

  • Reesa Mallen as Margot
  • Keith Coogan as William
  • Tammy Simpson as Paula
  • Jerry Marshak as Michael
  • Bridget Meade as Lisa
  • Edith Fields as Mrs. Callaghan

Pop culture[edit]

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.[3]

The story also is referenced in chapter 22 of Karen Thompson Walker’s novel The Age of Miracles.

This story is about Venus and the Sun. Coincidentally, author Ray Bradbury himself died the same day as a very rare celestial event, a transit of Venus across the Sun.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ All Summer In A Day Pt. 3 on YouTube
  3. ^ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz, pg. 23
  4. ^ Coleman, Loren (2012-06-06). "Martian Author Dies During Venus Transit". Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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