by Fritz Leiber. Preface by Eric Flint. My reaction when I first read this story, somewhere around the age of fifteen, was perhaps bizarre. “A Pail of Air”is a story. My first encounter with Fritz Leiber’s short story “A Pail of Air” was in March via the X Minus One radio show. At the time, I could still not read or write and. Given such a setting, the story is naturally dedicated to Fritz Leiber and his famous “A Pail of Air.” I remember reading that story as a child.

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Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. They reveal that other groups of humans have survived at ArgonneBrookhavenand Harwell nuclear research facilities as well as in Tannu Tuvaand that plans are being made to establish uranium-mining colonies at Great Slave Lake or paiil the Congo region.

Sandra Lea Grayling is sent by her newspaper to cover a revolutionary chess tournament despite her lack of chess knowledge. I get scared at the idea of big places and a lot of strangers. Aug 03, Tim rated it it was amazing. This is the short story only. I hadn’t said anything about first thinking it was a young lady’s face.

Pa was demonstrating to qir men how he worked the fire and got rid of the ice in the chimney and all that. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It’s been watching us all this time, and now it’s coming paiil us. Inside, he said to me, touching lebier, “If you see something like that again, son, don’t tell the others.

Simon Grue has unusual Russian neighbors that seem to adhere to every Russian stereotype: David Bassano rated it it was amazing Mar 11, So he had to start over and throw the Nest together quick without any advantages, just using any stuff he could lay his hands on. Leiber’s first collection, fromshows off his inventive ideas and sophisticated prose, among the genre’s best.


The story is narrated by a ten-year-old boy living on Earth after it has become a rogue planethaving been torn away from the Sun by a passing ” dark star “.

The old peace was gone. I don’t know what it says I read the frritz story A Pail of Air in a few minutes while waiting for a lecture to start. pajl

It has a lovely texture, like some rich cloth or fur, or the petals of flowers, and everything else worthwhile. It doesn’t do anything to lessen the value of old works. As a collection, I would rate it 2. Of course we hadn’t heard them land, since there was no air to carry the sound, and they’d had to investigate around quite a while before finding us. Who wouldn’t, knowing everyone on Earth was dead except Pa and Ma and Sis and you?

You see, the dark star was going through space faster than the Sun, and in the opposite direction, and it had to wrench the world considerably in order to take it away. A Pail of Air is a fascinating science-fiction frifz examining the quite frightening scenario of Earth flying away from the Sun, and Leiber definitely uses his writing abilities to creates a cold, unsettling atmosphere or lack there oc.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Reminds me of Bradbury. Something coming down from the dark star and making the frozen folk move, using them to do its work. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Already by the age of fourteen I could rip off the great suave mantras regarding adventure, with a curled lip I’d learned from studying David Niven in the movies. Alas well written texts can still fall far from the mark because of scientific flaws and inaccuracies.

A Pail of Air

Pa heard the last radio voices fade away years ago, and had seen some of the last folks die who weren’t as lucky or well-protected as us. Quotes from A Pail of Air. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Ma had perked up wonderfully and was showing the young lady her cooking and sewing stuff, and even asking about how the women dressed at Los Alamos.


At the last minute he managed to hold on to the Moon. Only read the short story of this title via Project Gutenberg.

And somehow, the flimsy blankets kept the oxygen from escaping the room. I’d keep alive my feeling of wonder even at the cold and the dark and the distant stars.

You think the beautiful young lady will wait for me till I grow up? And that’s as true for the last man as the first. He nodded and put another pajl of coal on the fire. We know that everything is dead out there.

Fritz Leiber and His Classic Story “A Pail of Air” — Jason Sanford

This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Like a pussy caffay, Pa laughingly says, whatever that is. The fourth wall has blankets all over except around the fireplace, in which there is a fire sir must never go out. We should investigate world survival mechanisms more than we do. I could feel it, too. It was a painful listen…. He sometimes doesn’t mind telling that story, and Sis and I sure like to listen to it, and he got my idea.

A person can hold it only so long, and then he’s got to toss it to someone else. And that’s what happened with this text. He lived an interesting life, including some film work with Greta Garbo and some serious partying with John Barrymore.

Book Review: A Pail of Air, Fritz Leiber (1964)

As Pa kept saying, “It just doesn’t seem right to let this fire go out. Probably the best is the opening and title story, A Pail of Air. Granted, I didn’t really have any idea what “bitters” were.