A story of Ray Bradbury's that has always haunted me, and one that seems appropriate for the occasion, is "There Will Come Soft Rains" from The Martian Chronicles . Wikipedia links to a PDF version of the story. His book on writing, Zen in the Art of Writing is also superb. This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/777496.html , where there are comments. I prefer that you comment on Dreamwidth, but it's also OK to comment here.