A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury

T Rex - A Sound Of Thunder

Hello Time Travel Fans

The Time Travel concept has been an inspiration for many writers and film makers over many years. Here I want to tell you about an amazing science-fiction story named A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in 1952 in Collier’s magazine and again in 1953 in The Golden Apples Of The Sun from Bradbury’s Collection.

Later in 2005, the story was adapted into a movie starring Ben Kingsley, Edward Burns and Catherine McCormack.

A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury

The story takes us into the year 2055. In this year, time travel finally becomes possible and available to the public. The company ‘Time Safari Inc’ gives the people this opportunity (of course to a high price) to go back in time and hunt

A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

Dinosaurs.

Eckels, a rich hunter pays the amount of 10,000 Dollars to travel back in time 66 million years to the Late Cretaceous Period to join a hunting party. The intention is to kill a Tynossaurus Rex, one of the largest Dinosaur species.

While they wait to start their journey, the hunters comment about the latest elections where the fascist candidate Deutscher is defeated by Keith a moderate politician.

So the journey stars. Arriving to the past, the guide (Travis and his assistant Lesperance) warn the hunters, Eckels, Kramer and Billings to not change any events in the past because this could lead to catastrophic changes in world history. The hunters must not disturb the environment by staying on a levitating path. Not respecting these rules will result in them being fined.

Time Safari Inc, to be sure that nothing will happen, selected before the prey that would have died anyway in the very near future. With this, there would be a minimal change in the Universe.

In the beginning, Eckels is very brave but when he actually sees the Tynossaurus Rex he panics. Travis tells him to return to the time machine. Eckels steps off the levitating path and starts running into the forest. When he returns, the two guides have killed the T Rex.

A few minutes after a tree falls on the Dinosaur. This is how the T Rex was to die (as it should have been).

Travis is furious at Eckels because he stepped off the levitating path and tells him if he doesn’t remove the fired bullets from the dead T Rex he will leave him in the past. Eckels does as he is told but Travis is still very angry and he threatens to shoot him.

Has Eckels changed the future by stepping off the levitating path? Are there any effects?

Once back in present time, he sees on the sole of his boot a dead butterfly.

Personally I really enjoyed the story and I strongly recommended it to you if you like time travel books.

So if you are interested in more novels you are welcome to click here and have a look:)

Cristina Boros
I have always been interested in time travel. From a very young age I was forever watching movies that would take me back in time.

I would love to hear from all of you who are also interested in this subject. Movies? Science? Book? Literature?

Whatever your interest is, I would love to meet you.

8 Comments

  1. Sujandar Mahesan

    I once read an article in your website and it was about Before I fall movie. Since then I have been a big fan of your website. I really love these movies you list in your site. As I said I love science fiction movies which also includes time travelling. A Sound Of Thunder sounds like a good one to watch today for me. Thank you so much for sharing about this movie with me.

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    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      Hello Sujanar,

      I am glad to see you back here:) Thanks for following my site and i am glad that you enjoy your time travel experience:)

      This is a great story and the novel also the movie are great. So any of them you choose I am sure you will have a great time. 

      So If  you have any questions I am here for you. Nice to see you again.

      Cristina

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  2. Nancy

    What a fun article to read. How could I not read it with a big picture of a T-Rex? That drew me in! 🙂

    As I was reading the article, I stopped and logged onto my Netflix to see if I could find the movie.

    I am going to check out some of the time travel books it’s just a fun genre to read. Everyone can have different perceptions of what happens.

    Thanks for the review, I now have a new book to read. 

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    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      Hello Nancy 🙂 I loved the T Rex also:))). This is why i used him.

      I am glad that you enjoyed the review of  story and when you read it tell me your impression.

      Have a nice time and see you back here.

      Cristina

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  3. iantrader

    Hey Cristina – I’m a massive, massive time travel fan! How absolutely wonderful to discover your site and this review of a story by one of my favourite authors!

    I think Back to the Future brought time travel into mainstream awareness but sci fi authors have been writing about ir for years. We’re way ahead of the curve! 🙂

    What I particularly like is seeing how the author gets around paradox situations. One of the most mind-twisting is All You Zombies by Robert Heinlein, made into a move called Predestination in 2014. That really does your head in. Bradbury’s story is rather more logical 🙂

    Interestingly, some people think this was the origin of the term ‘the butterfly effect’ although it was not used until the 1960s by mathematician/meteorologist Edward Lorenz. Where did he get his inspiration? Who knows…?

    I love Bradbury’s style. Although he wrote a lot of sci fi he also wrote much fantasy and I think his style is quite elegiac.

    Thank you for the review and reminding me to dig out some Bradbury books to read again. Wonderful.Ian

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    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      hello Ian,

      i am glad that you did enjoyed my review and I think this novel is not so much mind blowing like other time travel stories where you have to do with a time L i think being a time travel fan you know What Is A Time Loop.

       I also like a lot Bradbury this is why i choose his story.

      I saw Predestination and it is a good movie.The term butterfly effect it came to Lorenz from the example of  tornado that can change its way even from the flapping of the wings of a butterfly so the smallest things can change the history.

      Thanks for reading:)

      Cristina

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  4. Ron Friedman

    Loved that story.
    I red it as a kid in the 1980’s, and I still remember it. The butterfly effect.

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    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      Hello Ron:)
      Nice to see you here:)
      Yes indeed is a great story that will always put a nostalgic smile on our face… Childhood..80s great times.
      The butterfly effect show us that any small choice we make in our life has a huge effect in the Universe chain.
      Thanks for visiting my site again and really great to see you .
      Cristina

      Reply

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