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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I think of this story as a very well written sci-fi short story. There was even the start of a rush to get to a place called China, because people thought the star would hit on the other side. Pa was telling about the early years in the Nest and had come to the place where he philosophizes.

It’ll get you and then come for me. And when we found out how they’d survived, Pa let out the biggest whoop of joy. After a rogue planet, or black hole, or something, pulls earth out of its orbit, it freezes. I’m not usually into short stories, but I saw it mentioned on Reddit and I guess I was curious!

This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat They’d been scouting around for survivors, but they never expected to find any in a place like this. Sometimes I think Pa exaggerates and makes things out too black. Ma started moaning again, “I’ve always known there was something outside there, waiting to get us.

You think the beautiful young lady will wait for me till I grow up? He got another bucket of air quick from behind the blankets. Reminds me of Bradbury. So we were all settled around the fire in a wink, and Ma pushed up some cans to thaw for supper, and Pa began. My idea of adventure is carrying a pint of bitters from one smoked-filled room to the next.


A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at variou Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. To those who complain about scientific inaccuracies – give me a break. Next there’s the nitrogen, which doesn’t count one way or the other, though it’s the biggest part of the blanket.

Good My only previous exposure to Fritz Leiber was his enjoyable and highly experimental Hugo-winning novel The Big Time — an unusual story evoking a one-act play whose characters are soldiers recruited from all eras of history relaxing in between missions during a vast temporal war.

As a short story, I would rate it 4. I don’t know what it says I read the short story A Pail of Air in a few minutes while waiting for a lecture to start. Simon Grue has unusual Russian neighbors that seem to adhere to every Russian stereotype: Sis quit helping Ma be frightened and came over and did as she was told.

And somehow, the flimsy blankets kept the oxygen from escaping the room. I’ll be twenty in only ten years. A small, simple but no less exciting day in a life of a handful of people. Fritz Leiber was a chess fanatic and it certainly shows in this imaginative story. And in another a beautiful young lady is sitting with a pile of wraps huddled around her, looking hopefully toward the door, as if waiting for someone who never came back with warmth and food.

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

The story was just utterly unbelievable and I only gave it two stars because I liked the leiiber. Most of this is unfortunately the latter.

Open Preview See a Problem? I love some of the writing and the way the author imagines a father sharing simple wisdom with his son.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

The silence kept on while I swallowed hard a couple of times, and after that there was all sorts of jabbering and commotion. We know that everything is dead out there.

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They had rocket ships at Los Alamos and plenty of chemical fuels. These three people had survived, and quite a few others with them. Leiber’s capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation. He may be right. They were simply people, you see. That’s someone else having a very rough go of it very far away.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you look at it the right way, as much fun as one of Leiber’s famous Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser tales. A person can hold it only so long, and then he’s got to toss it to someone else.

He says he was mostly too busy to notice. Even at that, I don’t suppose I should have been surprised. It speaks of a sun who stopped shining May 11, Jane Olsen rated it really liked it. Pa had sent me out to get an extra pail of air. 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.

I’d plan for the future, try to enlarge and seal the Nest. At the last minute he managed to hold on to the Moon.

But if we were flabbergasted at them, they were double–flabbergasted at us. Ai he looked at the little pile and grinned suddenly and put a couple of handfuls on, just as if it was one of our birthdays or Christmas.

What’s the use of dragging it out for a few years?