Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Thankful for Books, Part 3

To conclude my series about the books that left a deep imprint on my psyche, I want to tell you about Ray Bradbury.

I don’t remember how old I was — I want to say, ten? — when I fell hard for Ray Bradbury’s legendary short stories. I remember the Martians with their beautiful golden eyes. I remember a children’s bedroom with Safari-themed wallpaper (or something) that came alive.

But the story that touched me the most was one called “Tomorrow’s Child.”
In the story, a family is using some sort of a crazy-futuristic-experimental procedure to have a baby. And of course, there is a problem. The baby is born — um, a triangle. No it isn’t a deformity or an extra chromosome  — through some sort of weird accident the baby got born into another dimension, and that is why he looks this way to his horror-stricken parents.

The parents try everything.  In the end, they come to the best solution of all. Instead of trying to change their child, they decide to use the weird-experiment-machine-process-whatever to enter into their child’s dimension, themselves.

Here is what the beautiful ending looks like: to the rest of the world, the mother, father and their baby are freaks, some sort of shapes, which ones I don’t remember. But to each other, the three look completely normal. More than that — they look beautiful.

Something about this ending grabbed me and never let go. I just loved it so much, the idea that you can be a triangle, and you don’t have to change. The others can change for you, if they want to.


November 18, 2011 - Posted by | Book Impressions, Personal Mirror


  1. I love Ray Bradbury, and I love the ending of that story, too. Thank you for sharing, Katia!

    Comment by Clara Gillow Clark | November 18, 2011 | Reply

    • And thanks for reading, Clara. He’s just got such a crazy-brilliant mind. I guess we “triangle” types appreciate it 😉

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. I was a Bradbury fanatic in high school and during my college years. I don’t remember all the stories, but my favorite collection at the time was The October Country. If I read Tomorrow’s Child, I don’t recall it. I’d love to read his books again.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | November 18, 2011 | Reply

    • More proof that we’re kindred spirits, fellow Bradbury fan! 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. Like Medeia, I loved Ray Bradbury when I was in high school. The man wrote some amazing novels, like Fahrenheit 451, but also hundreds of short stories. I remember reading The Illustrated Man, a collection of sci fi stories. I think that one about the high-tech safari nursery was in there. But the one I remember most is The Highway, about a man and woman in rural Mexico, wondering why everyone was driving past their house, trying to escape a nuclear war. The couple didn’t even understand what war was.

    Thanks for jogging my memory, Katia!

    Comment by Joanne Fritz | November 19, 2011 | Reply

    • And you jogged mine, Joanne! Now I want to re-read them again, more than ever!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  4. I love Ray Bradbury, but I haven’t read nearly enough by him. The ending to the story you mention sounds perfect.

    Comment by Sarah Pearson | November 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Sarah, if ever you have the time to take a peek at more of his stuff, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  5. I haven’t read enough of Ray Bradbury either, but I loved Zen in the Art of Writing. Happy Thanksgiving, Katia.

    Comment by nan marino | November 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Same to you, Nan. I should read “Zen” one day. Yet another writing book for me to love. Thinking about you, by the way 🙂 Can’t wait to get together! XOXO

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. Ray Bradbury is one of my favorites, but for me the best by far is Something Wicked This Way Comes.

    Comment by Ben | November 25, 2011 | Reply

    • OMG! Can you believe it — I never read this one. Worse: I didn’t even know Bradbury was the one who wrote it. To be remedied in the near future!

      Comment by Katia Raina | November 25, 2011 | Reply

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