The Golden Apples of the Sun is a collection of thirty-two of the most famous short stories by Ray Bradbury. It is named after the W. B. Yeats poem The Song of Wandering Aengus, the last stanza of which reads:
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
The book was originally published in 1953 with twenty-two stories. An semi-omnibus edition of the 1953 collection and R is for Rocket was published in 1990 by Bantam Books as Classic Stories 1, which omitted four stories from Golden Apples of the Sun and one from R is for Rocket. The third printing of Classic Stories 1 (1995) added the title story from Golden Apples of the Sun back. In 1997, the contents of the 3rd printing of Classic Stories 1 were retitled Golden Apples of the Sun and published by Avon. The book is currently published under the title A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories (2005).