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 humorous but slight story that manages to poke fun — in a metafictional way — at the SF genre: Reprint of paperback.

Book Review: A Pail of Air, Fritz Leiber () | Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

You think the beautiful young lady will wait aa me till I grow up? There was something lurking out there, watching, waiting, getting ready. You’re hindsight and benefit of knowing the ‘future’ from to today only feeds a false sense of superiority. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

That roused Ma and she joined in picking on me. Thanks for telling us about the problem. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I always think of him that leibed Pa says it is natural we should react like that sometimes.


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

Lists with This Book. Ed Messina rated it really liked it Nov 12, Then I had the wit to go back inside.

I thought the synopsis was fascinating and couldn’t wait to read it. It’s been w us all this time, and now it’s coming after us.

This story is good for getting a better understanding of what our atmosphere really is and dispelling some common tropes about living in paiil vacuum of space. 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.

I looked every where for A Pail of Air after hearing about it on the radio.

A truly bizarre piece of weird fiction filled with odd imagery with phrases such as these: 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.

And no matter how long the human race might have lived, the end would have come some night.

They were simply people, you see. 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. He says we must never forget time, and without a sun or moon, that would be easy to do.


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A Pail of Air from Project Gutenberg

All of a sudden I got an idea that scared me worse than anything yet. It’s a funny thing, I’m not afraid to go by myself, but when Pa’s aair I always want to hold on to him.

So we were all settled around the fire in a wink, and Ma pushed up some cans to thaw for supper, and Pa began. They had a regular pial airtight city, with airlocks and all.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber.

A Pail of Air

I could feel it, too. No good trying long-distance radio signals, of course, since there was no atmosphere to carry them around the curve of the Earth.

Grue has no idea what they doing on the nearby roof until he finds a small mermaid-like tadpole creature in his bathtub. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.