Science Fiction: the Art of the Possible in Ray Bradbury's Sound of Thunder

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“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible”, said Ray Bradbury, the author of the short story, “The Sound Of Thunder”. He used these principles of science fiction to create a story composed of a time machine’s and its passengers’ journey into prehistoric times. Once there, Eckels, along with his fellow hunters and guides, found what they were searching for. As they followed the metal path, their game approached, a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The group shot …show more content…

Lesperance, the assistant, has also traveled back to this time to find their game. “‘Today, before our journey, we sent Lesperance here back with the Machine. He came to this particular era and followed certain animals... Time doesn't permit that sort of mess-­a man meeting himself...You felt the Machine jump just before we stopped? That was us passing ourselves on the way back to the Future. We saw nothing’”. Trip after trip back in time, all of the passengers were searching for a thrill. While doing so, they observed a whole new world. These individuals discovered knowledge on both their time and the time of the dinosaurs. This information was known as science.
In addition, science was very important in the use of science fiction. Science, the knowledge and study of the natural world, was incorporated in the setting and the animals. The imagery and other literary devices used gave the reader plenty of information about the time period. “Green wilderness, over streaming swamp, among giant ferns and palms… The jungle was high and… was the entire world forever and forever. Sounds like music and sounds like flying tents filled the sky, and those were pterodactyls soaring with cavernous gray wings, gigantic bats of delirium and night fever.” These animals were also said to be a significant part of history, involving

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