There Will Come Soft Rains (short story)
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"There Will Come Soft Rains" is a short story by science fiction author Ray Bradbury which was first published in the May 6, 1950 issue of Collier's. Later that same year the story was included in Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950).
The story portrays a scene of obliteration, in which the human race has been destroyed by a nuclear war. The fear of the devastating effects of nuclear force was typical of the Cold War era. The world was still recovering from the effects of World War II and events, such as the dropping of atomic bombs in Japan, were fresh in the minds of citizens throughout the world. In 1945, the United States released a nuclear bomb over the city of Hiroshima that destroyed nearly everything in the city. Three days later, Nagasaki was also bombed. Tens of thousands of people died as a direct result of the bombings, a quarter of a million more perished of radiation poisoning within 30 days. Even though the war ended shortly after these events, the fear of retaliation and the increasing focus on the development of nuclear weapons by many military powers world wide produced fear in the minds of people. After the war, tension increased between the two major military powers of the time, the U.S.S.R. and the United States, culminating in the Cold War. This was a time of uncertainty, and the possibility of nuclear war was a daily fear.
- In 1950, an adaptation was broadcast as the 11th episode of Dimension X, a science-fiction radio program.
- In 1953, an adptation of the story was published in issue 17 of the comic book Weird Fantasy, with art by Wally Wood.
- In 1956, the story was made into a radio play for the X Minus One series.
- In 1962, actor Burgess Meredith recorded this story, which was released on LP by Prestige Lively Arts (30004), along with "Marionettes, Inc.", also by Bradbury.
- In 1964, the X Minus One script was reused on the radio series NBC Experiment in Drama.
- In 1975, actor Leonard Nimoy's rendition of this story and Ray Bradbury's Usher II, also from The Martian Chronicles, were released on Caedmon Records. 
- In 1977, August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains was released. It used the resources of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop under the direction of Malcolm Clarke.
- In 1984, Soviet studio Uzbekfilm produced "There Will Come Soft Rains" as a short animated film.
- In 1992, Lebbeus Woods adapted the story to the third issue of the comic book series Ray Bradbury Chronicles.
- In 2008, a theater/dance/puppetry adaptation served as the final act of a New York Fringe Festival show by Sinking Ship Productions named after the story.
- In 2008, the post-apocalyptic game Fallout 3, which takes place in the irradiated remnants of Washington, DC, there is a robot in a house in Georgetown that, upon entering a command in a terminal in the house, will hover into the bedroom of the occupant's children and recite the poem for which this story is named. The robot reciting the poem is a reference to the story, as well as the content of the poem itself.
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