Today, I am bringing to you a home from science fiction. I would like to introduce you to the TV film, The Veldt, from 1978 of BFA Science Fiction Series (BFA Educational media), based on the story of the same title. The story itself is a part of the Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man from 1951, but originally appeared in the 23 September 1950 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. I have recently read the book and immediately fell in love with it.
In a futuristic society, the Hadley family lives in an automated house called Happylife Home and the machines do every task, from cooking and doing the housework to reading to them, bathing and even comforting them.
“…this house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them”
The two children are fascinated with the nursery, a virtual reality room which can reproduce any environment and place they imagine. The parents started to worry about their children’s mental health as the nursery continually projects an African veldt, with the lions feasting on carcasses.
I hope you will enjoy the film and warmly recommend reading the book as well. I find it both educational in this age of technology and entertaining with even a little bit of horror.
Tijana, Volunteer Programme Digital Communication Assistant