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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Pa had everything on but his helmet. One of the poorer stories in the collection — Tom Dorset, an artist plagued by his recent inability to create, wanders from his cabin. I looked around at the blanket walls and the fire and the pails of air boiling away and Ma frit Sis sleeping in the warmth and the flickering light. 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.

Pa says air is tiny molecules that fly away like a flash if there isn’t something to stop them. Pa led the way and I took hold of his belt. Sis quit helping Ma be frightened and came over and did as she was told.

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

The fourth wall has blankets all over except around the fireplace, in which there is a fire that must never go out. I’d liked to have given it more stars. And then, from beyond the blankets, I thought I heard a tiny noise. Nursed me and took care of the two of you, too. There was just the sound of Pa’s voice and the clocks. I don’t know what the city looked like in the old days, but now it’s beautiful. Jan 24, Noah Rozov rated it really liked it.


Now, with Pa telling his story for the umpteenth time to take our minds off another scare, I got to thinking of the frozen folk again. But how do they regulate peiber pressure in such conditions?

His short SF work is easily as good as his contemporaries — Kornbluth and Sheckley. He looked all around quite a while after filling his pail, and just as we were going inside he whipped around without warning, as if to take some peeping thing leibed guard.

You can’t maintain an air supply without hermetic sealing.

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

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. Notify me of new comments via email.

pxil Just then we came to the end of the corridor and I followed Pa out on the balcony. Rather, it i I’ve always found Fritz Lieber’s works enjoyable and since they date back to before I was born even with me being OLD LOLI’ve been reading them spread out over more than four decades – his sword and sorcery books when I was a wee lad. Ben rated it really liked it Jan 11, I read the short story A Pail of Air in a few minutes while waiting for a lecture to start.

Why prolong a doomed existence of hard work and cold and loneliness? He managed to construct a smaller, makeshift shelter called the “Nest” for his family, where they maintain a lekber atmosphere by periodically retrieving pails of frozen oxygen to thaw over a fire. My reaction when I first read this story, somewhere around the age of fifteen, was perhaps bizarre.

I have to take his word lelber that, not ever remembering the Sun as being anything more than a big star. Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. To my surprise, Pa didn’t bawl me out and tell me I’d been seeing things. It was either Dimension-X or X Minus 1.

The loss of solar heating has caused the Earth’s atmosphere to freeze into thick layers of ” snow “. Mars is a vast nuclear war zone filled with wastelands and machines of deaths and desperate hateful men engaged in endless struggle….


Tritz speaks of a sun who stopped shining A world where the temperatures have dropped so low leibet the elements in air have freeze in layers.

Paul rated it liked it Aug 15, Much more timeless than the others, and much more engaging. Books by Fritz Leiber. Mar 11, K. We are on a hill and the shimmery plain drops away from us and then flattens out, cut up into neat squares by the troughs that used to be streets. A lot of those Galaxy Magazine stories that got on the radio turned out quite well. The same sort of invention and incisive wit abounds in the collection A Pail of Air In fact, there was so much talking and excitement that Pa forgot about things, and it wasn’t until they were all getting groggy that he looked and found the air had all boiled away in the pail.

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. 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.

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And in another a beautiful young lady is sitting with a pile of wraps huddled around her, looking hopefully toward the door, as if waiting for someone who never came back pall warmth and food. Odd things happen in a world that’s about as cold as can be, and just when you think matter would be frozen dead, it takes on a strange new life. It was quite good. It hasn’t been decided yet just what will happen.