“The Fog Horn” by Ray Bradbury.September 16, 2011
The Book: “The Fog Horn” by Ray Bradbury. Originally published in 1951 in The Saturday Evening Post. Read in the anthologyGolden Apples of the Sun, edition read was published by Bantum Books in 1961.
The Setting: A lighthouse.
The Story: A sea monster falls in love with the fog horn of a light house.
The Science: The story suggests that a marine dinosaur, the last of its kind, hibernates/suspends its animation at the bottom of the ocean. While this is very unlikely, some birds (birds being a relative of the dinosaur) can initiate torpor, a sort of “hibernation lite,” with one species actually hibernating. To the extent that a single creature can survive for millions of years is, however, not likely.
The Reaction: This is a nice story, romantic almost. There’s a strong sense of place, and of loss. One of Bradbury’s better pieces.
The Cover: Still the same.
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