Long After Midnight

By Ray Bradbury

Rating: 5 stars

This collection is a mix of SF and non-genre stories that blend together remarkably well in that way that only Bradbury can do. There’s no real theme to the collection, although three of the stories are about other writers (a parrot that could recite Hemmingway; an android of GB Shaw; and a time-travelling Thomas Wolfe). Several of the stories are also about growing old and moving on, and one or two of these had me close to tears.

Favourites include One Timeless Spring which offers an alternative viewpoint on growing up; The Messiah, about a priest on Mars who receives a visitation; A Story of Love, telling of a love that can’t be; The Better Part of Wisdom in which a dying man goes to visit his relatives and the conversation he has with his grandson; and Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!, following a Catholic priest and one of his flock in the confessional.

Honestly, I could probably go on and name almost every story in the collection, but then I find Bradbury’s short stories almost uniformly entrancing.

Book details

ISBN: 9780553108828
Publisher: Bantam Science Fiction
Year of publication: 1976

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