Bradbury’s the Sound of Thunder and Skurzynski’s Nethergrave Essay

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Bradbury’s The Sound of Thunder and Skurzynski’s Nethergrave are both good science fiction stories. Both of these stories are about scientific technology changing the life of an individual; however, certain underlying themes are different. In the former story, the main character, Eckels, faces harsh consequences due to a dire fear-driven mistake that he makes when using a new technological advancement to go back in time. In the latter, a boy name Jeremy chooses a virtual world over the real world where he feels embarrassed, awkward, and abandoned. However, both characters’ temperament is rather similar in some ways both being somewhat craven without being hardly virile. Both stories have their pros and cons like everything else, yet they both center around the effect technology can have on the real, outside world. I personally felt that Bradbury’s story was more interesting than Skurzynski’s story. I found his concept that the slightest thing in the past might tremendously change the future causing a chain-reaction that, in the book, can be a ghastly one to be an intriguing idea. This story left me interested in Bradbury’s concept and wishing that the story had gone on longer. In the story, Eckels uses a company’s new invention, a time machine, to go back to a time when dinosaurs lived. While there he made a small blunder that provoked dire consequences. Eckels’ death in the end caused me to feel sympathetic towards his character. Every person has felt shame and remorse, at one time or another, after having made an enormous mistake, especially one that had been fear-driven. The mistake seemed infinitesimally small at the time, but proved to have a massive effect on the outcome of Eckels’ present-day world. Although Skurzynski’s story was an interesting read, I did not find it as thought provoking or relatable to me. The Nethergrave was about

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