Ray Bradbury and the Sea – Smithsonian Ocean Portal Blog Post

Ray Bradbury and the Sea – Smithsonian Ocean Portal Blog Post

Today Ray Bradbury died. It might seem strange that I’m writing about Bradbury here on the Ocean Portal, as he’s best known for his short stories about space exploration and strange aliens. But he also considered the unexplored realms of our own planet: the ocean.

One story in particular, “The Fog Horn,” from his collection The Golden Apples of the Sun, has stayed with me through all these years. Without giving too much away, it’s the story of a deep sea monster that attacks land — but not for the traditional reasons. Its motivation is not some bloodthirsty attack on mankind, a trope that has reared its head for millennia, from sailors’ tales to the film Jaws.

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Photo: Pierre-Jules Hetzel