I enjoyed this radio drama made for The Twilight Zone. Narrated by Dee Wallace, Brabury tells the story of a young family; a father, George, and his three children, Anne, Tom and Karen and the devastating loss of their wife and mother.
After busybody, Aunt Clara visits, shortly after the funeral and tries to step in and remove the children from the home, George feels the pressure to grasp at straws to keep his family together. Tom suggests that they investigate an ad in the back of a magazine for a robot caretaker. Willing to try anything to keep his family together, the family has a “grandmother” built for them, and she comes to live with the family, nurturing them through the ups and downs of life. Lessons are learned and the reality of letting go of the ones you love is revisited as the children grow into adulthood.
Bradbury created a plausible solution to a devastating problem, and the reader, or in this case, listener, takes into account today’s possibilities of Artificial Intelligence, and easily suspends their disbelief. The story didn’t seem far-fetched at all. In fact, by the end of the story, I was certain that somewhere, a factory of just this type is being developed in a foreign country someplace, getting ready to support families all over the world.
I especially enjoyed the fact that this short story wasn’t just read to me, but portrayed with a strong realism through the different actors participating in the drama. The voices of children as children added another layer of realism that I’m sure the author intended.
I listened to “I Sing The Body Electric” just before going to sleep one night… and it makes a wonderful bedtime tale, for readers and listeners of all ages.
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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