Task#2 virtual period

This time, your activity will consist of reading a story

“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

Before reading

It is a sci-fi story

The Characteristics of Science Fiction

• Science fiction is often based on scientific principles and technology.
• Science fiction may make predictions about life in the future.
• Science fiction often deals with aliens or with life on other worlds.
• Science fiction can comment on important issues in society.

SCIENCE FICTION (Sci Fi)- stories that often tell about science and technology of the future involving partially true fictions laws or theories of science

Settings:

  • in the future
  • in space
  • on a different world
  • in a different universe or dimension

Aliens

Aliens are one of the central characteristics of the science-fiction genre. A sci-fi novel may deal with aliens coming to Earth, humans encountering aliens on space explorations or a number of other variations. However, not all sci-fi stories deal with Aliens.

Space Travel

Space travel is a common element of sci-fi, regardless of whether or not it features contact with aliens. Sometimes, humans wonder whether or not they’re alone in the universe, and what might happen if humans encounter other life forms.

Time Travel

In scientific theory, time travel is possible based on potential technologies utilizing scientific knowledge.

Futuristic Setting or Alternate History

Even if there’s no time travel involved, science fiction novels are often placed in a futuristic setting, while other sci-fi novels feature alternate histories. Whether moving forward or back in time, very few sci-fi novels are set in the present day.

Advanced Technology

Early science fiction writers and editors focused on the hard science of science fiction, and much of that incorporates the development of advanced technology, or creative ways to utilize existing technology.

Dystopia: an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly.

One common theme of many science fiction novels is a dystopia set sometime in the future. Dystopia sci-fi themes are often used to explore current social issues, and they have very little to do with science, except dystopian fiction that revolves around technological mis-utilization. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is a good example of a dystopian sci-fi story.

Exploration Of Popular Societal Or Cultural Issues

Much of sci-fi attempts to explore popular social or cultural issues through a sci-fi setting. These issues range from class struggles to misuse of technology, and sci-fi gives voice to the concerns of the society in which they are conceived. Common social issues include a world destroyed by war; a world destroyed by overuse; a world in which the government controls everything; or a world in which genetic experimentation has gone terribly awry.

After Reading

There Will Come Soft Rains kitchen

How is this photo connected to the story?

Leave a comment in  my blog with a powerful quotation to prove your point.

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19 Responses to Task#2 virtual period

  1. San Lorenzo says:

    The image is related with the story due to the machines and the technology. All things have been made through machines. The photo display us a kitchen being controlled by using machines. The machines replacing humans. ”At Eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry”

  2. Lucas Francisco Vorbeck Murmis says:

    The story centers on the house that after a nuclear bomb is the only one left standing and the family that used to lived there died. The photo is connected to the story because the house is controlled by machines, Machine did breakfast, had a voice that told you date and weather and a robot that cleaned. The house did everything but no-one would go to use the services that the house provide because the family had died “The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and t

  3. fsegura says:

    This photo is connected to the story because of how the technology has developed through time and there were innovations such as tiny mice that automatically cleaned the house and left it as clean as possible. Also, there were various systems throughout the house that were in charge of letting the family know a certain thing, such as: “The weather box on the front door sang quietly: ‘Rain, rain, go away; rubbers, rain coats for today'”

  4. Santiago Guerrico says:

    This photo is connected to the story because in the story there were only machines, and they made breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, for nobody at all. As described in the story, this particular house was the only house left standing, and its family was dead, with only their silhouettes to remember them. These robots were designed to serve families, so they could not do anything but to serve the daily amenities. These machine’s only purpose was taken away from them, so as explained at the end of the story, after the house caught fire, the machines went crazy. “In the last instant under the fire avalanche, other choruses, oblivious, could be heard announcing the time, playing music, cutting the lawn by a remote-controlled mower, or setting an umbrella frantically out and in the slamming and opening front door, a thousand things happening”; “In the kitchen, an instant before the rain of fire and timber, the stove could be seen making breakfasts at a psychopathic rate, ten dozen eggs, six loaves of toast, twenty dozen bacon strips”

  5. Nicolas Grosso says:

    The photo is connected to the story because in the house everything is made by machines after a nuclear blast that destroyed the remainder of Allendale in 2026. The story is about the day of the house. The day in which the house dies after having lived on for days after its inhabitants were killed. On the photo, it shows the kitchen/ the house cooking some eggs and that because all days the house made the beds, cooked dinner, and threw out the trash. “ At eight-thirty the eggs were shriveled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea.”

  6. Pilar Cuba says:

    This photo is connected to the history because there is something that doesn’t happen in real life, the same happened in the history. For example here we can see machines cooking, making breakfast and washing the dishes at the same time, in the history robots and animals make that house things (and the house itself) and all in a determinated time, it something that is not real, science fiction. Quotations to probe my point: “ The house tried to save itself. Doors sprang tightly shut, but the windows were broken by the heat and the wind blew and sucked upon the fire”. “Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal.”

  7. Tomas says:

    The photo is connected to the story because we can see that robots are working in the kitchen, “In the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from its warm interior eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs sunny side up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk”. In the story not only the kitchen is controled by robots, in fact everything thing is controled by them, there is no human interaction. The robots cook, clean “…tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, allrubber and metal.”, prepare the bath “Five o’clock. The bath filled with clear hot water.”, change the televisión channel and even light up cigars “a cigar popped out, half an inch of soft gray ash on it, smoking, waiting.”, and everything is controled by a specific time “Two thirty-five” “Eight-one, tick-tock, eight-one o’clock, off to school, off to work,”.

  8. mora says:

    “ At eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry” in this quote, we can see how everuthung in that house was made by machines in the silence, no one talked, only the machines worked. In the picture we can see the eggs named in the quote, we can also see the milk which is described in another part of the story, we can also see some elements such as bacon, and the tea, which are also named in another part of the story.

  9. Nico Larralde says:

    The photo is connected to the story as it is a drawing of the machine we are told about at the beginning of the story. On the oven we can see the “…perfectly brown toast” and below them the “eight eggs, sunnyside up”. In the right corner down we can see one of the “cool glasses of milk” and above it, the machine is washing the dishes, as it is also mentioned in the story. This machine prepared the breakfast at seven-nine, and the voice we hear is the one which controls all the house’s machines. The machines did everything for humans, from waking them up to preparing the breakfast, later on in the story we see how the house also had a kind of “self-defense” system against fire and other problems that may occur. The problem is that there are no humans in the house, so no one will wake up or eat all the food prepared by the machine. We find out that at eight thirty the eggs were “shriveled and the toast was like stone”, after cleaning all the food was thrown away.

  10. Emilia Varela says:

    This picture is related to the story since it shows how a machine is doing all of the house work. The same thing happened in the story. The work the machines did could have been easily done by humans since it was common house work such as cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning the house but instead all those tasks were done mechanically and automatically by the machines.
    This is the quote I chose since it describes how the house worked on its own:
    “At eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry”

  11. santiagoyezze says:

    The image is related with the story because of the machines and the technology. All things were made by machines. The image show us a kitchen being controlled by machines. The machines replacing humans. ”At Eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry”

  12. Santiago Yezze says:

    The image is related with the story because of the machines and the technology. All things were made by machines. The image show us a kitchen being controlled by machines. The machines replacing humans. ”At Eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry”

  13. mcarreira says:

    This photo is connected to the story as it shows how the futuristic house that is present in the story may have looked like. This photo also shows how technology can do activities that we humans normally do by ourselves, the machine doesn’t need a human in this photo and they are not present.
    “Nine-five. A voice spoke from the study ceiling: “Mrs. McClellan, which poem would you like
    this evening?” The house was silent.
    The voice said at last, “Since you express no preference, I shall select a poem at random.”
    Quiet music rose to back the voice. “Sara Teasdale. As I recall, your favourite…”
    This quote shows that technology is fully capable of doing common tasks or activities like a normal human, like selecting and reading a poem, with no help of a human being. We can also see that a person is not present but the house/machine reads the poem for it anyways. This might explain one of the messages of the story that is connected to the poem read by the house: We humans might perish, but nature and machine will not care and move on as if nothing happened.

  14. Juansi says:

    The Image is connected to the story because they show advancement in technology. Both the story and the image are both related to the genre science fiction. The image shows a futuristic machine which does home labour, so it does show improvement in technology.
    “Early science fiction writers and editors focused on the hard science of science fiction, and much of that incorporates the development of advanced technology, or creative ways to utilize existing technology.” This quote strongly supports the fact that science fiction focuses on future technology and future predictions within a possible near future. “Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, allrubber and metal.“

  15. valentinapease says:

    the story talks about a silent world, a world with no humans. In this world there is one house which is still run my machinery: “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles.”
    In this house the machine provides the missing humans with cleaning, food, washing up, among other things: “Tick-tock, seven o’clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o ‘clock!”/ “The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their moustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded. The house was clean.”
    the photo is connected to the story because it is a stove which is cooking automatically (without human touch), just like the stove or kitchen in There Will Come Soft Rains.

  16. Rosita Tagle says:

    The photo is related to the story because of the technology and the absence of humans. In the image you can see how the machines do everything without the help of humans which is related to the story as well. “ At eight-thirty the eggs were shrivelled and the toast was like stone. An aluminium wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea. The dirty dishes were dropped into a hot washer and emerged twinkling dry”

    • Belén says:

      This photo is connected with the story because it shows a very sophisticated and modern machinery that can performed different tasks, such us: cooking, cleanning, gardering, advicing (anniversaries and birthdays), etc automatically due to the techonology of the future.
      “A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch. The front door recognized the dog voice and opened. The dog, once huge and fleshy, but now gone to bone and covered with sores, moved in and through the house, tracking mud. Behind it whirred angry mice, angry at having to pick up, angry at inconvenience.

  17. Paz Bernusi says:

    The photo is connected to the story because everything is being done by machines and technology. There is no human interference. We can notice that all of the activities that are usually made by people (boiling water, cleaning, cooking, washing the dishes) instead are being made by the house and its robots. Everything is programmed to be done in a certain hour by the house.
    “Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, allrubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their moustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded. The house was clean.”

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