The Golden Apples of the Sun
Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Genre||Science fiction and fantasy short stories|
|Publisher||Doubleday & Company|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback)|
|ISBN||0-435-12360-2 (hardcover reprint)|
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.
|“||Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
|— W. B. Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds|
In addition, Bradbury prefaces his book with the last three lines of this poem.
- ISBN 0-435-12360-2 (1990; hardcover)
- ISBN 0-380-73039-1 (1997; paperback)
- ISBN 1-59606-136-7 (Subterranean Press 2008; hardcover)
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."
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." 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" 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."
- Yeats, W. B. (1903). "The Song of Wandering Aengus". The Wind Among the Reeds (4th ed.). London: Elkin Mathews. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
- "Books of the Times," The New York Times, March 19, 1953
- "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1953, p.116
- "Recommended Reading," F&SF, June 1953, p.70
- "Imagination Science Fiction Library", Imagination, June 1953, p.145
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 62. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.