Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury, published in Esquire, 1951
Tuesday’s Tale of Terror August 23, 2016
What would you do if you knew that this night was the last night of the world? Would you meet it with grace? Bravery? A last indulgence? Panic? Would you examine yourself for a good or bad life?
A married couple are sitting at the dinner table talking.
She asks … “And when will it stop? The world, I mean.”
He replies … “Sometime during the night for us, and then, as the night goes on around the world, those advancing portions will go, too. It’ll take twenty-four hours for it all to go.”
In this sci-fi story (I’m not a sci-fi fan but I really liked this story because it provoked deep thinking), people have the same dream on the same date in February about the end of the world. If you were the characters in this story, would you believe the end was really coming? Or maybe, just maybe you might think it’s the beginning of a time loop … like in a parallel world? Or maybe it was true that death will strike soon after closing your eyes this night. What if?
Reading time on this story is 5 minutes. Got 5 minutes and cup o’ joe? Wow, this is a compelling dive into everyone’s greatest fear of knowing you will be the last conscious beings when the world ends on a cold night on February 30. Yes, February 30!
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Ray Bradbury, termed the “poet of the pulps,” said in an interview in the Paris Review, The Art of Fiction (2010) that he was “completely library educated. I’ve never been to college … I discovered me in the library.” He died in 2012 at the age of 91.
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