'The Veldt' is a classic short story by American writer Ray Bradbury, first printed in The Saturday Evening Post in 1950, and published in Bradbury's collection The Illustrated Man in 1951. In the story, the Hadleys live a life of leisure in a fully automated house called "The Happylife Home". Parents George and Lydia become concerned by their children Peter and Wendy's fascination with their "nursery", a virtual reality room that can recreate any desired scenario and allow them to live within it. George and Lydia are so concerned by their children's obsession for the "nursery", which has become stuck on the African Veldt setting, complete with prowling lions, that they call in a psychologist, David. David advises them to shut down the Happylife Home and live self-sufficiently. Just before George and Lydia can take this advice, Peter and Wendy lure them into the Veldt one last time. Later, David discovers Peter and Wendy placidly eating their lunch on the virtual Veldt as the lions consume the remains of their parents. 'The Veldt' has been adapted for radio, TV, stage and cinema productions.


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