Before writing the paper, I doodled a spider diagram containing as many Bradbury stories I could think of which had a significant, fantastical use of time. Every couple of days I would remember another story with a time theme and add to my arachnid scrawl.
From the doodle, I eventually chose to focus on four major recurring uses of time in Bradbury stories:
- SF-style time travel (as in "A Sound of Thunder" and "The Fox in the Forest"
- Time travel in service of wish-fulfillment (as in "The Kilimanjaro Device")
- Fantastic evocation of the past (as in "A Scent of Sarsaparilla")
- Encounters with the younger or older self (as in "A Touch of Petulance", and the stage play of Dandelion Wine
Speaking of which, I have another paper to present at "SF Across Media", a conference to be held at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Fortunately, the conference is in English - my Flemish isn't up to much!
In this paper, I will be looking at adaptations of "A Sound of Thunder" in various media.