Roger Zelazny’s “For A Breath I Tarry” is probably my very favorite sci-fi story of all time–a novelette or long-short story about a distant. Publication: For a Breath I Tarry Publication Record # ; Author: Roger Zelazny; Date: ; ISBN: []; Publisher. This is a wonderful story on a theme that Zelazny returns to often – precisely what . Read For a Breath I Tarry for the first time as part of the new.

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Speak now, and I will answer; How shall I help you, say; Ere to the wind’s twelve quarters I take my endless way. It has aged extremely well. Now, direct my attention to an object or objects of beauty.

Travis Jones, on “For a Breath I Tarry” (Roger Zelazny)

However, the way this is written makes it completely new since man isn’t involved aa the process of robots trying to uncover the intricacies of the human condition. Jan 20, Ahmad rated it it was amazing.

The Machines revere Man as their creator and recognize that Man had abilities “beyond logic” that they could never possess, and so were superior beings.

Martin and Neil Gaiman. Brrath 15, Mionemrys rated it it was amazing. The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicleswhich started with Nine Princes in Amberdeals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster-like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos.

Joined May 24, Messages Solcon and Divcon work against one another although both have the same mission.


Oct 18, Algernon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Other than that, it is an easy, thoughtful read. Man ceases to exist, but his Machines remain.

What are the differences between man and machine? Frost, the main character of the story, embarks on a quest to become Man.

Zelazny creates a beautiful story in a way that a simple line can grip you with such intense emotion. Path rated it liked it Jun 19, This novella is set on Earth after the last Man has died. This action illustrates something that is inherently human.

Man is zwlazny looking for a way to bend the rules so that they can do whatever they want while still having the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are abiding by the rules.

Speak now, and I will garry How shall I help you, say; Ere to the wind’s twelve quarters I take my endless way. You must log in or register to reply here. The title comes from a poem by A. He won the Nebula award three times out of 14 nominations and the Hugo award six times out of 14 nominations.

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Is new human Frost a continuation of the old robotic Frost? Snowdog Well-Known Member Feb 7, Books by Roger Zelazny. I could describe it, but this quote from the story will tell you everything you need to know about it.

Short and to the point, this story is z good and has aged well, despite being nearly 47 years old. In my life I had never been exposed to very much poetry. To ask other readers questions about For a Breath I Tarryplease sign up. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign ze,azny. Riehl FrogSqrl Feb 15, Joined Sep 6, Messages 1, Breathing is like, so last year. Finally, Frost and Mordel enter into a Faustian bargain, with, however, better results than in the original.


Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing.

In the distant future humanity is no more and the only things that exist are Machines who continue to maintain the world. It describes a robot named Frost in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, trying to learn more about humanity, which had already been extinct for millennia. Snowdog Well-Known Member Feb 6, Enter into this landscape a Machine, Frost, who wants to know everything about human beings.

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For a Breath I Tarry

It is simple yet effective. So one of my favorites. He monitored brreath directed the activities of thousands of reconstruction and maintenance machines. Recommended to me as one of the best short stories ever written Joined Nov 16, Messages 6.

Am thinking the Ancient Ore-Crusher has a mythological angle, too, but can’t recall which Lists with This Book.