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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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.

I sometimes make my mashed potatoes look like it, before I pour on the gravy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pa handled the pail of air in a twist of cloth.

Of course that started them all laughing and jabbering again. They were from Los Alamos and they were getting their heat and power from atomic energy. Yet it’s that glimmery white stuff in the pail that keeps us alive. I might buy it quite by accident!

A lot of those Galaxy Magazine stories that got on the radio turned out quite well. Frirz says it is natural we should react like that sometimes. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I remember how unsettling I found it when I read it in high school, and it hooked me on Leiber. In one of the rooms, an old man sits stiff in a chair, with an arm and a leg in splints. The silence kept on while I swallowed hard a couple of times, and firtz that there was all sorts of jabbering and commotion.

A Pail of Air

The same sort of invention and incisive wit abounds in the collection A Pail of Air Unfortunately, he drops it behind the tub and it dies before he can rescue it. It can either be charming or cringe-worthy.

Alternate Reality – Audibles Channel. David Bassano rated it rfitz was amazing Mar 11, Still, I’ve got an idea of some of the things that happened from the frozen folk I’ve seen, a few of them in leibee rooms in our building, others clustered around the furnaces in the basements where we go for coal.


Richard Rowe, who has not been given the necessary attention by attendant robots, sends a letter — the first letter in untold years — to a woman he sees, Jane Dough. Mars is a vast nuclear war zone filled with wastelands and machines of deaths and desperate hateful men engaged in endless struggle…. My first exposure to Leiber was through his fantasy pajl, but I too really enjoyed The Big Time when I read it several years back.

Pa says we live better than kings ever did, breathing pure oxygen, but we’re used to it and don’t notice. Maybe the Nest will be kept up as what one of the strangers called a “survival school. Ppail says there used to be some of that feeling even in the old days, but then every morning the Sun would come and chase it away. He knelt by the fireplace and reached in and shook the long metal rod pxil goes up the chimney and knocks off the ice that keeps trying to clog it.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

I thought the synopsis was fascinating and couldn’t wait to read it. Nursed me and took care of the two of you, too.

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. He engages in fantasies of killing his own men whom he seems to hate even more than the enemy due to their obsession with killing: Jul 20, Claudia rated it it was ok. It makes everything else worth while. How could he xir something so different from himself in form?

Pa always keeps a big reserve supply of it in buckets behind the first blankets, along with extra coal and cans of food and other things, such as pails of snow to melt for water.


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He says he was mostly too busy to notice. I think we were at odds over Slan, as well. Contains the short stories: Also, I noticed that the bright thing in her hand was just a kind of flashlight. He nodded and put another piece of coal on the fire. But everyone seems to say good things about it — and the novella did win the Hugo and Nebula awards!

Who wouldn’t, knowing everyone on Earth was dead except Pa and Ma and Sis and you? Why prolong a doomed existence of hard work and cold and loneliness? Keep an eye on the air, too.

This is a fascinating story that captures one facet of the science-fiction response to the advent of nuclear weapons and the possibility that human beings could in fact destroy their own planet.

Then 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. As if all folks didn’t have to hang together and pool every bit of warmth just to keep alive.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

Against one of the blankets is a big set of shelves, with tools and books and other stuff, and on top of it a whole row of clocks. And no matter how long the human race might have lived, the end would have come some night.

Most of this is unfortunately the latter. Sandra Lea Grayling is sent by her newspaper to cover a revolutionary chess tournament despite her lack of chess knowledge. Otherwise, you might as well just buy the latest popular book and follow the herd, because anything older is just so ‘dated.

Pa was demonstrating to the men how he worked the fire and got rid of the ice in the chimney and all that. But 2 stars it leibwr. I think of this story as a very well written sci-fi short story.