There Will Come Soft Rains

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Bradbury, Ray. "There Will Come Soft Rains." Collier's 6 May 1950. Coll. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Doubleday, 1950. Chronicles rpt. S. F. Book Club, Nov. 1952, and New York: Bantam, 1972. "TWCSR" frequently anthologized, including The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. Christopher Cerf, ed. New York: Random, 1966. Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 12 (1950). Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg, eds. New York: DAW, 1984. Science Fiction: The Science Fiction Research Association Anthology. Patricia S. Warrick et al., eds. New York: Harper, 1988. See Contento, Index (cited under Reference) for other rpts.

A very important post-holocaust story, showing the death of a mechanical house. See under Literary Criticism the essays by E. Gallagher and M. Mengeling.

Cf and contrast Zits: Smart House, for a comic(s) version of the smart-house; for a horror use, Demon Seed.