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This is a collection of short stories written by Ray Bradbury The story opens when a man on a walking tour of Wisconsin meets another man whose body is covered in tattoos The man with the tattoos known as the Illustrated Man is looking for a job He camped the night with the other man His tattoos he told him where given to him by a witch from the future When the sun comes down the tattoos come to life and play out little dramas upon the mans flesh Each of the stories contained in this book come from the dramas played out from the mans tattoos The first story The Veldt tells the tale of a family from the future In the future people have rooms much like the halodeck from Star Trek The room is virtual reality and can be programmed and sensitized to its owners to create for them whatever reality they wish For this family the room serves as their childrens nursery Indeed the children spend so much time in this nursery it has become a surrogate parent to them The parents - particularly the father - have become concerned about the amount of time the children spend with the nursery He fears that perhaps their playtime has become all too real He calls in an expert to check the nursery out The room is supposed to respond whenever a person requests or even thinks of what it wants the room to create However the room seems to have been stuck in a rut The scene the middle of an African veldt where a family of lions feasted upon their kill The expert suggests that the father try turning off the nursery for a while and give the family a chance to come together as a real family again without all their technological inventions getting in the
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