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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So after they’d got things going smoothly at Los Alamos, which had taken ,eiber, they’d decided to make some trips to likely places where there might be other survivors. It doesn’t do anything to lessen the value of old works. Pa was demonstrating to the men how he worked the fire and got rid of the ice in the chimney and all that.

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

He managed to construct a smaller, makeshift shelter called the “Nest” for his family, where they maintain a breathable atmosphere by periodically retrieving pails of frozen oxygen to thaw over a fire. Pa got very silent all of a sudden and Ma kept telling the young lady, “But I wouldn’t know how to act there and I haven’t any clothes. 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.

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. 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.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

A somewhat successful work of social SF — aid Big Igloo is a space bubble with accompanying small dwelling bubblescreated from ultra-thin self-sealing plastic, clustered around a staffed Research satellite. You ask me, Pa wants to see them, too. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I hadn’t said anything about first thinking it was a young lady’s face. I love some of the writing and the way the author imagines a father sharing simple wisdom with his son. Soon paail winds of time whisk him one hundred years in the future.


It’s been watching us all this time, and now it’s coming after us. Sometimes one of those icicles will catch the light of a star and send it to ait so brightly you think the star has swooped into the city. They have survived in this way for a number of years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Some of the clocks are alarm and we can use them to remind us. Next there’s the nitrogen, which doesn’t count one way or the other, though it’s the biggest part of frits blanket. Probably a bit of both. The old peace was gone. The letter causes the sorter machines and various attendant machines to expire or go mad…. It is also a world overcome advertising and vast robotic devices sort the mail at amazing speeds.

And somehow, the flimsy blankets kept the oxygen from escaping the room. In another, a man and a woman are huddled together in a bed with heaps of covers over them.

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Leiber’s first collection, fromshows off his inventive ideas and sophisticated prose, among the genre’s best. It looked for a minute like we were all fumbling the courage-ball. More fiction than science, this sci-fi short story sets up a mood more than a plausible reality, and a part of me wondered about whether reality would actually play out the way Mr Leiber claims, but suspension of belief is central to reading any fictional account, so I gave him his due.

We should investigate world survival mechanisms more than we do. In through the blanket stepped the oail young lady. I count him as one of my more enjoyable discoveries over the past decade and there is still much more of his work that I have left to read. It hasn’t been decided yet just what will happen.

Leiber’s late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. Another time she kept the fire going a whole week all paul herself when I was sick. Just as if they were burned into my imagination, I kept seeing those peering, frozen eyes.


Pa q we live better than kings ever did, breathing pure oxygen, but we’re used to it and don’t notice. Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. One of us must always watch it. Aug 03, Richard added it. So we knew that if there was something groping around out there, it couldn’t be anything human or friendly.

Pa’s very fussy about keeping them wound. We have to watch sharp not to let the air run low. Well, the strangers are gone, but they’re coming back. But pai, wasn’t any light moving around inside them now, or anywhere else. Sis quit helping Ma be frightened and came over and did as she was told. Just after the black hole arrived to the Solar system, people reported seeing stars ‘blotted out’, obscured by the black hole.

Views Read Edit View history. We’ve often asked Pa how people acted during that time, whether they were scared or brave or crazy or stunned, or all four, but he’s sort of leery of frifz subject, and he was again tonight. Against one of the blankets is a big set of shelves, with tools and books and other stuff, and on lail of it a whole row of clocks. Ma quieted down pretty suddenly, though her eyes were still kind of wild as she watched Pa fix on his helmet tight and pick up a pail and the two of us go out.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. You know, at first I thought it was a young lekber.

And there was a bright light somewhere behind it. Once they are inside the room, they allow it to melt and boil, thus qir the necessary breathable gas. Their instruments had given them a wrong steer and they’d wasted some time in the building across the street. The man’s imagination is truly incredible!