Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A memory: A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber

There are three stories from my youth--I cannot really even remember exactly when, maybe 5th or 6th grade--but they really stuck with me and sparked my interest in science fiction. One of them is "A Pail of Air" by Fritz Leiber.

To be truthful, until today I hadn't re-read it since all those years ago, and some of the details had gone fuzzy, but I remembered the young boy going out to get the frozen oxygen to keep the fire going in the huddled shelter his father had built. And the girl he spotted on one of his ventures to obtain a pail of air. And to be truthful, I occasionally recalled it when I'd watch a show that discussed brown dwarfs or dark stars.

I won't say much more. It truly is a classic SF short story. If you're the least bit interested, give it a read and let me know your thoughts. Do you remember it from your past? What did you think of it then and/or what do you think of it now?

A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber


  1. Cool. I'll definitely give it a read when I have a moment.

  2. I think you'll enjoy it, Angie. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.