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February 22nd, 2009, 01:53 PM
I'm trying to identify the source of a story I read once, any help appreciated.

I believe this was in a "science fiction" collection. It seems to me this must be by Bradbury, but I don't recall for certain - I looked through a Bradbury omnibus collection & could not find it.

The story goes something like this: a young brother and sister, walking home from school one day, encounter an elderly couple. They go in the couple's house and the old couple tell the children imaginative stories. The point is that creativity is outlawed or discouraged in the children's society and the old couple intentionally awakens their imagination via the stories. The children begin to visit regularly but needless to say the parents disapprove when they find out. I forget how it ends; I believe the old couple disappears but the children have already been awakened.

Thanks for any help...

February 24th, 2009, 08:45 PM
This turned out to be Greg Bear's "The White Horse Child". It is actually posted on-line at