When I was in 6th grade we read a short story (I'm pretty sure it was a short story) about Earth being conquered by aliens and they won't let the humans use electricity or cars. I don't remember much besides that but I'm pretty sure there were no turtle aliens in it. (It's not "The Singers Of Time".)

There was also a story about an alien family that was made out of sugar and they wouldn't let their kids out of the house in case it rained.

And an alien planet where the sun only come out for five minutes every 20 years or something and a girl from Earth would tell stories about the sun and flowers and the other kids locked her in a room so she couldn't see it.

I don't know if these were all part of the same book or if we just read a lot of sci-fi stories.

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    The one with the family made out of sugar is Rain, Rain, Go Away by Asimov. – Mr Lister Jul 10 '16 at 6:52
  • Wow, "Rain Rain Go Away" is pretty obscure; looking in isfdb.org, it appears to have only been in single-author Asimov collections. Wonder where your teacher had you read it from @Josh ? – Organic Marble Jul 10 '16 at 15:33
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    @OrganicMarble: I know it's much later, but ISFDB doesn't have a lot of the "schoolbook reading" anthologies. I've encountered that a few times myself. – FuzzyBoots Jan 29 '18 at 16:49
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    If the aliens were eating the cars, I'd say Rapture by Blondie ( a song's a story of a sort). – RDFozz Nov 30 '18 at 17:38

The third story is "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. From the Wikipedia description:

The story is about a class of schoolchildren on Venus, which in this story is a world of constant rainstorms, where the Sun is only visible for one hour every seven years.

One of the children, Margot, moved to Venus from Earth five years earlier, and she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine, since the Sun shone regularly on Earth. She describes the Sun as "a penny", or "like a fire in the stove", and the other children, being too young ever to have seen it themselves, do not believe her. She is bullied and ostracized by the other students and is locked in a closet down a tunnel.

As the Sun is about to appear, their teacher arrives to take the class outside to enjoy their two hours of sunshine and, in their astonishment and joy, they all forget about Margot. They run, play, skip, jump, and prance about, savoring every second of their newly found freedom. "It's much better than sun lamps!" one of them cries.

Suddenly, a girl catches a raindrop in her hands. Thunder sounds, and they start to cry and run back inside. At this point one of them remembers Margot, who is still locked in the closet. Ashamed, they let her out of the closet, standing frozen, embarrassed over what they have done, and unable to "meet each other's glances."

The precious Sun has come and gone and, because of their despicable act, Margot, who loved the Sun the most, has missed it.


Alien invaders forbidding modern technology might be a feature used more than once in SF, but it definitely occurs in Poul Anderson's "The War of Two Worlds", which, however, is a full novel and not a short story.

This novel begins when Earth is defeated by Mars after a long and bitter war. The war could have been over after only 2 years, but both sides made strange mistakes that prolonged the war for many more years.

At the end of the story it turns out that a third party was involved who infiltrated high ranks on both sides and initiated the war to weaken both civilizations.


Is it possible you're thinking of one of the Shane Evert short stories by Gordon R. Dickson? The first story Enter a Pilgrim is a couple of decades later than the other 2 stories you describe, but you're not specific on what year you would have read them.

In the stories, the Earth has been conquered and occupied by the Aalaag, who want to use the resources and potential industrial output of the Earth to further their own race's objectives in a long-running war to re-conquer their homeworld. I don't recall a specific prohibition by the aliens on most technology, but in practice no humans own motor vehicles (or much of anything, really) because it would be a waste of resources. I believe that communication technology was prohibited though.

(I'm sorry, my Google-fu is failing me, and I can't find good links to background material on the stories. There are a couple of previous questions with the compilation/novel Way of the Pilgrim as an answer.)

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