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 "Today is August 4, 2026."

"There Will Come Soft Rains" is a post apocalyptic Science Fiction short story written in 1950 by Ray Bradbury. It tells about the continued goings-on of an automated house, abandoned but still running on its programming. The house goes about its programmed tasks, such as making breakfast and cleaning. As the story goes it becomes clear that a nuclear war destroyed all of the humans. The house runs continuously until it succumbs to decay; no one will ever live in it again.

The name comes from the 1920 Sara Teasdale poem about how little the human race will be missed, though the name was specifically chosen to show that the poem was too optimistic: instead of the animals and plants getting on with things after we've gone, the humans have wiped out nearly everything.

There is a 1984 Soviet animated adaptation directed by Nazim Tulyakhodzayev that can be found here.


Tropes used by the story:


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