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The stories behind the cats
Astronaut cat: I had to include a space element. I first thought of The Martian Chronicles, but for the cat's actual colors I was inspired by another one of Bradbury's Martian tales, "Dark They Were and Golden Eyed."
Cat behind wall: In The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury uses Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" for revenge on censorship.
Fireman cat: In Fahrenheit 451, houses become fireproof in a dystopic world. With all books banned, firemen have a new purpose by burning hidden books and capturing the person who kept them.
Safari cat: In "Sounds of Thunder," a man travels back in time to shoot a dinosaur at its designated time of death. After he accidentally steps on a butterfly in the past, he returns to his time frame, finding it different than it had been.
Throughout middle school and high school, I was attracted to the haunted society speculations and psychological thriller in these sci-fi tales, leading up to my love of dystopias. I highly recommend these stories along with Bradbury's short story "Skeleton."
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