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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Ma raised a howl at the idea of being left alone, and Sis joined in, too, but Pa quieted them.

Those things don’t matter. Now, I read this a few years ago, so I can’t remember exactly what happened, but I’m assuming they had no air, because the ozone and everything was I looked every where for A Pail of Air after hearing about it on the radio.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

Just after the black hole arrived to the Solar system, people reported seeing stars ‘blotted out’, obscured by the black hole. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Mar 11, K. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Want to Read saving…. I’d keep alive my feeling of wonder even at the cold and the dark and the distant stars.

A humorous aid slight story that manages to poke fun — in a metafictional way — at the SF genre: I always think feitz him that way: Besides that, there’s a feeling that comes with it always being night, cold night.

Fritz Leiber and His Classic Story “A Pail of Air” — Jason Sanford

I tell you, the thought of it gave me the creeps. His talking to me that way made me feel grown-up and good.

As for liquid oxygen, all you had to do was go out and shovel the air blanket at the top level. That roused Ma and she joined in picking on me.

Pa had everything on but his helmet. And no matter how long the human off might have lived, the end would have come some night.


The loss of solar heating has caused the Earth’s atmosphere to freeze into thick layers of ” snow “. 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. Alternate Reality – Audibles Channel. 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: At this Pa let out a second whoop, waking Ma from her faint. At the end, they are found by a search party from a large group of survivors at Los Alamoswhere they are using nuclear power to provide heat and have begun using rockets to search for other survivors radio being ineffective at long range without an ionosphere.

I count him as one of gritz more enjoyable discoveries over the past decade and there is still much more of his work that I have left to read. It’ll get you and then come for me. As the bread cloud float across the ocean and towards the famine stricken Ukraine hilarious and unintended result….

A small, simple but no less exciting day in a life of a handful of people. Before he did, though, I noticed him casually get a hammer from the shelf and lay it down beside him. Finally, at the very top, there’s a slick of liquid helium, which is funny stuff. Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No.

And when we found out how they’d survived, Pa let out the biggest whoop of joy. Pa’s very fussy about keeping them wound. These few pages made a very deep impression on me as a child, and I continue, 50 years later, to od touched by the world the author imagines.

Pa says we live better than kings ever did, breathing pure oxygen, but we’re used to it and don’t notice.

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 is impossible because strong winds and torrential rains would inevitably coincide with the solidification of the atmosphere, constantly stirring whatever there is on the ground. Something coming down from the dark star and making the frozen folk move, using them to do its work.


You know, at first I thought it was a young lady. Aug 03, Richard added it. The story is narrated by a ten-year-old boy living on Earth after it has become a rogue planethaving been torn away from the Sun by a passing ” dark star “.

Contains the short stories: It was over as soon as the Earth was settled down in its new orbit around the dark star. 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.

You can just see their heads peeking out, close together. To those who complain about scientific inaccuracies – give me a break.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

An excellent post apocalyptic short story, one of my faves. That’s our worst trip and Pa won’t let me make it alone. Wysten Turner encounters a masked woman whom he rescues from leibfr car replete with hooks designed to snag the dresses of passing women. Lists with This Book. You have to squint. 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.

A classic story — found on gutenberg. Some details are pretty elaborate — long-distance radio communications are rendered impossible since the ionosp This story clearly attempts to fall into the category of hard science fiction, but a few scientific inaccuracies make it a bit flawed, even for the fifties.

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

They were simply people, you see. But how do they regulate air pressure in such conditions? Cancel reply Enter your comment here