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Subject: Can anyone help me with the name of this book?
Date Posted: 1/21/2009 12:18 AM ET
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18-20 years ago I read a book about a girl whose family was transferred to the planet Venus to live.  There the girl became very depressed because she needed the sunlight from earth.  The sun only broke through the clouds once every year for 30 minutes or so, and some mean kids in school locked her in a closet during this one time of the year.  Does anybody remember this book?

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 3:35 AM ET
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i'm sure i've read this, but years ago.  i'd guess it was Heinlein, but no idea which one.  i'll ask DH in the morning.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 5:19 AM ET
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I remember the book.   But I don't remember the title or author.  

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 5:51 AM ET
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It's a short story. 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/21/2009 8:14 AM ET
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The story doesn't sound familiar, so I don't think it's Heinlein.  I'd be interested if anyone does figure it out.

Shaun (sec) - ,
Date Posted: 1/21/2009 8:43 AM ET
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I think it's the short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury.

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 12:20 PM ET
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It's definitely "All Summer in a Day" by Bradbury. A great story! You can watch an older TV adaptation of it in three parts on YouTube, by the way.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 12:51 PM ET
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Thanks!  It was driving my husband crazy trying to remember what it was.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 3:14 PM ET
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yep, "All Summer in a Day" by Bradbury.  i was right, it was in DH's collection.  (which is why i was thinking Heinlein.)  he found it for me in the book Twice 22.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/21/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Sheesh.  I have no less than four Bradbury collections, and none of them have that story :(

Subject: All Summer In A Day
Date Posted: 1/21/2009 8:15 PM ET
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The story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1954.

I found it in the collection A Medicine for Melancholy.

-Tom Hl.