The Golden Apples of the Sun

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The Golden Apples of the Sun
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Ray Bradbury
Illustrator Joe Mugnaini
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction and fantasy short stories
Publisher Doubleday & Company
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
Pages 192 pp
ISBN 0-435-12360-2 (hardcover reprint)
OCLC 59230566

The Golden Apples of the Sun is an anthology of short stories by Ray Bradbury. When the book was first published in 1953, it contained 22 stories. The 1997 edition adds 10 more stories, and changes the order in which they appear.

One of the stories is also the book's namesake. The words "the golden apples of the sun" are from the last line of the final stanza of W. B. Yeats' poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (1899):[1]

In addition, Bradbury prefaces his book with the last three lines of this poem.


The collection's title story was first published in the November 1953 issue of Planet Stories, a US pulp sci-fi magazine.
Cover from the 1997 edition
Story Original year of publication Sequence (1953 ed.) Sequence (1997 ed.)
"The Fog Horn" 1952 1 1
"The Pedestrian" 1951 2 Dropped
"The April Witch" 1951 3 2
"The Wilderness" 1952 4 3
"The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" 1948 5 4
"Invisible Boy" 1945 6 Dropped
"The Flying Machine" 1953 7 5
"The Murderer" 1953 8 6
"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind" 1953 9 7
"I See You Never" 1947 10 8
"Embroidery" 1951 11 9
"The Big Black and White Game" 1945 12 10
"A Sound of Thunder" 1952 13 23
"The Great Wide World Over There" 1953 14 11
"Powerhouse" 1948 15 12
"En la Noche" 1952 16 13
"Sun and Shadow" 1953 17 14
"The Meadow" 1947 18 15
"The Garbage Collector" 1953 19 16
"The Great Fire" 1949 20 17
"Hail and Farewell" 1953 21 Dropped
"The Golden Apples of the Sun" 1953 22 18
"R Is for Rocket" 1943 N/A 19
"The End of the Beginning" 1956 N/A 20
"The Rocket" 1950 N/A 21
"The Rocket Man" 1953 N/A 22
"The Long Rain" 1950 N/A 24
"The Exiles" 1950 N/A 25
"Here There Be Tygers" 1951 N/A 26
"The Strawberry Window" 1954 N/A 27
"The Dragon" 1955 N/A 28
"Frost and Fire" 1947 N/A 29
"Uncle Einar" 1947 N/A 30
"The Time Machine" 1957 N/A 31
"The Sound of Summer Running" 1957 N/A 32


Derivative anthologies[edit]

In 1990, Bantam Books collected most of the stories from R Is for Rocket (1962) and the 1953 edition of The Golden Apples of the Sun into a semi-omnibus edition titled Classic Stories 1. In 1997 Avon Books printed a new edition of the omnibus, titling it The Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories. Harper Perennial titled their 2005 edition as A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories.


Writing in The New York Times, Charles Poore reported that Bradbury "writes in a style that seems to have been nourished on the poets and fabulists of the Irish Literary Renaissance," praising him as being "wonderfully adept at getting to the heart of his story without talking all day long about it and around it."[2]

Reviewer Groff Conklin praised the original edition, saying it included "some of the best imaginative stories he [Bradbury] or anyone else has ever written. One cannot even begin to describe their delights."[3] Boucher and McComas, however, found Golden Apples to be a "most uncertain reading experience . . . material of a curiously mixed quality; writing that is often simply and perceptively moving [and] just as often sadly lacking any particular strength or color"[4] Imagination reviewer Mark Reinsberg, although praising Bradbury as "a gifted writer," complained that he had "a tendency to overestimate the power of style to nourish anemic themes."[5]



  1. ^ Yeats, W. B. (1903). "The Song of Wandering Aengus". The Wind Among the Reeds (4th ed.). London: Elkin Mathews. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Books of the Times," The New York Times, March 19, 1953
  3. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1953, p.116
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, June 1953, p.70
  5. ^ "Imagination Science Fiction Library", Imagination, June 1953, p.145


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