For this assignment I chose to read “Finis” and “There Will Come Soft Rains”, two very different short stories with a very similar end where there are no survivors.
Finis was very hard to follow and had poor grammar and spelling that was a little distracting, but I tried hard to follow and eventually became involved in the story of a “central sun” in the universe that was able to be seen from Earth.
There are so many theories on the universe that it would not surprise me if this theory has some scientific truth behind it. I have always wondered if there is another solar system like ours with other planets inhabited by humans… Are they as advance as us or more? Do they have the same languages or totally different? The questions that arise as I start to delve into the possibilities of other solar systems and universes are endless.
Similar to this story, it is scary think that there could be so much more out there that we don’t know about or how it could potentially impact us. The excitement in the city from crowds anticipating the new star was quickly silenced by fear from the unknown heat and repercussions. What seemed to be a brilliant phenomenon, much like our recent super moon, turned into being the last the human eye would ever see. Thankfully compared to this story, science has advanced greatly and we have advanced technology to try to inform ourselves of what is to come.
“There Will Come Soft Rains” was written in 1920 but it is set in 2026. It is funny to read predictions of the future and find some hopeful parallels. The “morning announcements” and hourly automated help are very similar to what we have today through Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, but I am not sure we have yet created automated breakfasts in homes…. there’s still a few years! The cleaning automated mice are very similar to our Roomba vacuum cleaners. I have always wanted one it would be so nice to turn it on in the morning and come home to dog-hair-free carpet.
I got really into this story, as it is very descriptive… I was not expecting a nuclear war scene where everyone was gone and only this house remained. I was really rooting for this house to survive, but it too had an impeding doom. It is a very sad story… so many advancements in technology and society (almost perfected) and yet war was still an issue. This could easily become a reality with heat rising between countries like North and South Korea.