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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All of a sudden I got an idea that scared me worse than anything yet. Even the flames cringed away from it as Pa put it down close by the fire. He didn’t convince Ma and Sis any more than he did me.

Now that it was inside the Nest, you could really feel its coldness. He looked all around quite a while after filling his pail, and just paik we were going inside he whipped around leier warning, as if to take some peeping thing off guard.

Trivia About A Pail of Air. Alas well written texts can still fall far from the mark because of scientific flaws and inaccuracies.

Aug 03, Richard added it. 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. And at that moment, the effects of the perfect spatter instantly pops into the minds of other intellectuals with startling world-changing results.

Lists with This Book. I looked around at the blanket walls and the fire and the pails of air boiling away and Ma and Sis sleeping in the warmth and the flickering light. Of course we hadn’t heard them land, since there was no air to carry the sound, and they’d had to investigate around quite a while before finding us.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nevertheless, I liked the story. That is indeed quite a list! Although there are a few gems in here too.


A person can hold it only so long, and then he’s got to toss it to someone else. Wysten Turner encounters a masked woman whom he rescues from a car replete with hooks designed to snag the dresses of passing women. I sometimes make my mashed potatoes look like it, before I pour on the gravy. I’d forgotten about that on account of trying to hide it from the others. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber – Free Ebook

The original is so much eliber beautiful, stirring, and inventive. It not only added stock s sexism that Leiber generally avoids — i. 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 s left to read.

Pa handled the pail of air in a twist of cloth. 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. Or was it just a really well-contained tale?

A Pail of Air – Wikipedia

They have plastic headpieces that were once big double-duty transparent food cans, but they keep heat and air in and can replace the air for a little while, long enough for our trips for water and coal and food and so on.

I think we were at odds over Slan, as well. Well, after finally coming across a copy, and reading the very short story, I felt highly disappointed. That was after he had got his helmet off and was using our air. Before he did, though, I noticed him casually get a hammer from the shelf and lay it down beside him. 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.


If you look at it the right way, as much fun as one of Leiber’s famous Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser tales. On those buildings you can see the darker squares of windows, underlined by white dashes of air crystals. My reaction when I first read this story, somewhere around the age of fifteen, was perhaps bizarre. Views Read Edit View history. This article about a science fiction short story or stories is a stub.

A Pail of Air

Two stories deal amusingly with Beat culture and another, the longest, is about a chess tournament against a computer. To those who complain about scientific inaccuracies – give me a break. I tell you, the thought of it gave me the creeps.

He told us how the Earth had been swinging around the Sun ever so steady and warm, and the people on it fixing to make money and wars and have a good time and get power and treat each other right or wrong, when without warning there comes charging out of space this dead star, this burned out sun, and upsets everything.

Yes, a beautiful young lady’s face all glowing in frits dark and looking at me from the fifth floor of the opposite apartment, which hereabouts is the floor just above the white blanket of frozen air. This story is good for getting a better understanding of what our atmosphere really is and dispelling some common tropes about living in lsiber vacuum of space.

Great review, Joachim — Fritz is also one of my favorite authors. And still the steps kept shuffling closer. You can’t maintain an air supply without hermetic sealing. As if all folks didn’t have to hang together and pool every bit of warmth just to keep alive.

Soon unexplained winds of time whisk him one hundred years in the future.