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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A Pail of Air

A person can hold it only so long, and then he’s got to toss it to someone else. The boy’s father had worked with a group of other scientists to construct a large shelter, but the earthquakes accompanying the disaster had destroyed it and killed the others. 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 pf a vast temporal war.

Pa’s very fussy about keeping them wound. Yet it’s that glimmery white stuff in the pail that keeps us alive. The strangers marveled at everything and praised it pall the skies. Three of the sides are blankets, and the blankets roofing it touch Pa’s head.

More leibeer than science, this sci-fi short story sets up a mood more than a plausible reality, and a part of me wondered leber 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.

I think they are all available on archive. It’s hard to hide your feelings about such a thing.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

We should ffritz world survival mechanisms more than we do. Along with the other amazing story in the collection — Coming Attraction — it has a massive publication history. He wasn’t just making up those ideas. Published December 1st by Amereon Limited first published March 28th That was one of the things Pa had been thinking of when I told him about the light, but I had thought of it myself first and known it wasn’t so.


So after they’d got things going smoothly at Los Alamos, which had taken years, they’d decided to make some trips to likely places where there might be other survivors. A small, simple but no less exciting day leiner a life of a handful of people. It speaks of a sun who stopped shining I just stood there shaking, and almost froze my feet and did frost my helmet so solid on the inside that I couldn’t have seen the light even if it had come out of one of the windows to get me.

Wysten Turner encounters a masked woman whom he rescues from a car replete with hooks designed to snag the dresses of passing women.

One of us must always watch it. It’s low and snug, just room for the four of us and our paail. What matters is that life is good. This is the short story only. They were from Los Alamos and they were getting their heat and power from atomic energy.

Some details are pretty elaborate — long-distance radio communications are rendered impossible since the ionosphere no longer exists, the stars in the sky do not twinkle, the Nest’s residents suffer hallucinations caused by inhaling toxic fumes from the coal, etc. This book is not pil featured on Listopia.

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. I remember how unsettling I found it when I read it in high school, and it hooked me on Leiber.

Ma has some pretty bad ones, to judge from the way she bugs her eyes at nothing and just screams and screams and huddles back against the blankets hanging around the Nest.

This fo just one hell of a cool story. I’d plan for the future, try to enlarge and seal the Nest. You are commenting using your WordPress.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

However, the US government, always keen on squashing such counter-culture endeavors, wants to evict them. And leibeg as true for the last man as the first. They have plastic headpieces that were once big double-duty transparent food cans, but they keep heat and air in and if replace the air for a little while, long enough for our trips for water and coal and food and so on. How could he hate something so different from himself in form? Back Next Contents Framed.


And at that moment, the effects of the perfect spatter instantly pops into the minds of other intellectuals with startling world-changing results. Inside, he said to me, touching helmets, “If you see something like that again, son, don’t tell the others. The narrator also says that the deposited layers of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen oxygen snow being on top were ‘neatly separated’, which I’m sure dritz impossible because strong winds leibdr torrential rains would inevitably coincide with the solidification of the atmosphere, constantly stirring whatever there is on the ground.

It not only added stock s sexism that Leiber generally avoids — i. To my surprise, Pa didn’t bawl me out and tell me I’d been seeing things. I remember reading this as a kid and thinking about it for days. Return to Book Page. The silence kept on while I swallowed hard a couple of times, and after that there was all sorts of jabbering and commotion.

I get scared at the idea of big places and a lot of strangers. We hadn’t been the only ones to survive; we’d just thought so, for natural enough reasons.

A Pail of Air from Project Gutenberg

He looked all around quite a while after filling his pail, and just as we were going inside he whipped around without warning, as if to take some peeping thing off guard. We know that’s not correct.

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