The Dragon (short story)
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|Genre(s)||Fantasy Short story|
|Media type||Print (Magazine)|
|Publication date||August 1955|
dust-jacket from the first edition
|Cover artist||Ken Snyder|
|Genre||Fantasy short story|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
"The Dragon" is a short story by author Ray Bradbury. This story was originally published in 1955 in the magazine Esquire. A limited edition (352 copies, signed and numbered or lettered) of the story was published by Footsteps Press in 1988. It appears in A Medicine for Melancholy (1959), R is for Rocket (1962), Classic Stories 1 (1990), and Bradbury Stories (2003).
The story concerns two knights who have a mission to slay a dragon. They describe the dragon as huge, fire-breathing, and horrific, having only one eye. They charge the dragon but fail, presumably dying in the attempt.
The "dragon" is then revealed to be a steam train, and its single eye is the train's head light. The operators discuss the event, but go away without attempting to find the knights.
- Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 264.
- Brown, Charles N.; William G. Contento. "The Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984-1998)". Retrieved 2007-12-12.
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