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The Long Rain: Introduction
The Long Rain: Plot Summary
The Long Rain: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Long Rain: Themes
The Long Rain: Quotes
The Long Rain: Characters
The Long Rain: Symbols
The Long Rain: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ray Bradbury
Historical Context of The Long Rain
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- Full Title: “The Long Rain”
- When Written: 1950
- Where Written: Los Angeles
- When Published: “The Long Rain” was originally published in 1950 (with the title “Death-by-Rain”). It was republished in 1951 in Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, which consists of eighteen loosely-strung-together short stories.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Science fiction short story
- Setting: Venus
- Climax: The lieutenant, Simmons, and Pickard finally reach the Sun Dome (an American-made shelter), only to discover that it’s in shambles and does not have any edible food.
- Antagonist: The constant Venusian rain, which drives the men insane.
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Long Rain
Failed Film. The 1989 film adaptation of The Illustrated Man includes the plots from three of Bradbury’s short stories, including “The Long Rain.” Critics considered the film “both a critical and financial failure.”