|Plot Summary of I Sing The Body Electric!|
Dating from 1971, this is one of Bradbury's best story collections. Not only does it have tales that could easily have come from _Martian Chronicles_ ("Night Call, Collect" and the melodramatic "The Lost City of Mars"), or from _Dandelion Wine_ ("Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine"), but there is also a marvelous homage to and parody of Hemingway ("The Kilimanjaro Device"), an uncharacteristically creepy portrait of an otherworldly loser ("Heavy-Set"), and several utterly delightful Irish stories (especially "The Terrible Conflagration up at the Place" and "The Cold Wind and the Warm"). There is even a prose-poem "cantata" that brings together the birth of Christ and space travel, for those who can appreciate that sort of thing.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of I Sing The Body Electric!|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Coming of age
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- colonizing/homesteading another planet
- destined love (dream or prediction)
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
Mental/magical powers focus
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good robot(s)
Story involving clones/duplicates?
- good clones/duplicates
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- 20th century
- near future (later in 21st century)
- medium future 22-24th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- empty, or nearly empty world
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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