BEARS DISCOVER FIRE by TERRY BISSON (). [VERSION (Aug 06 02). If you find and correct errors in the text, please update the version number by. Terry Bisson, Author Tor Books $ (p) ISBN Readers turn from “Bears Discover Fire,” a meditative tale that blends the. Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories [Terry Bisson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection .
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection discoved the most acclaimed science fiction author of the decade, author of such brilliant novels as Talking Discovee and Voyage to the Red Planet. It brings together nineteen of Bisson’s finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered the field’s highest honors, including t Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection by the most acclaimed science fiction author of the decade, author of such brilliant novels bars Talking Man and Voyage to the Red Planet.
It brings together nineteen of Bisson’s finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered the field’s highest honors, including the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards.
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While driving h Review just for the title story first posted on Fantasy Literature. In a scene that encapsulates their characters and values, Uncle Bobby teaches Wallace Jr.
And then the bears show terryy, holding torches aloft while Bobby finishes fixing the tire as fast as humanly possible. Another is the gradual loss of honor, values and decency among humans, while the bears are developing a nascent civilization and exhibit decency and sharing, despite their inability to speak.
View all 4 comments. Oct 13, Josh rated it really liked it. Each one of those stories is nearly perfect.
You get an interesting world with the edges blurred just enough that you need to squint and consider for yourself what might be going on underneath the action. They may have felt a touch dated, or may have missed the emotional impact that Bisson tries to set up—The Coon Suit is one example of this.
Oct 07, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: On average, I am going to go 3 stars on this collection but I do think that there are some really good to excellent stories 4 and 5 stars in here. While a decent tale, I was not as impressed by the Hugo Award winning title story and am not sure why it is so highly regarded. The rest of the stories are a mixed bag from good to okay with a few I just didn’t 3. The rest of the stories are a mixed bag from good to okay with a few I just didn’t care for.
Apr 28, Andrew rated it really liked it. Though the plots and backdrops of his stories range from the fantastic to the straight up bizarre, Bisson has a skill for crafting believable, down to earth characters, avoiding the pitfall many science fiction and fantasy short story writers fall into of making the characters involved almost incidental to the gimmick.
With Bisson you get both, complete with a touch of good ol’ Southern country love he does hail from Kentucky, after all. Take the story the collection gathers it’s name from, “Be Though the plots and backdrops of his stories range from the fantastic to the straight up bizarre, Bisson has a skill for crafting believable, down to earth characters, avoiding the pitfall many science fiction and fantasy short story writers fall into of making the characters involved almost incidental to the gimmick.
Take the story the collection gathers it’s name from, “Bears Discover Fire. Which would, on a technical level, be true.
But you could also say it is about the lead human character, his relationships with his brother and their ailing mother, and the insensitivity of the average man in the modern age. The collection overall has a bit of a hit and miss feel, though most of them hit.
Worth checking out if you want a bit more heart in your fantasy and science fiction. Feb 27, Eran rated it it was amazing. It’s been a long time since I’ve read short stories, and I had somehow forgotten what a joy it is to read a short, quickly-unfolding, high-density story that explores deeply and almost abruptly a concept, an idea, or a possibility.
The titular story is funny, thought provoking, moving, and memorable all at once – as are many of the other stories. This was a total random gem of a find.
This set of short stories makes me wonder if the author was working on a Philip K. The only thing consistent is some form of weirdnessalthough almost each one has a distinct vibe. Some are just plain crazy failed experiments, but a few tefry gems. This is the best story in the collection. It’s a gentle tale of how a This set of short stories makes me wonder if the author was working on a Philip K.
It’s a gentle tale of how a phlegmatic fellow deals with problems and surprises, while most around him act with an absence of empathy or wisdom. Amusing, but not too deep. Or maybe it’s just deeper than I can detect. It isn’t touching like the titular story, but it is more famous, because it has been filmed and reprinted repeatedly. Check that film out; it’s not quite word-for-word from the short story, but it’s close enough, and the film is a brilliant little seven-minute jewel that adds to the bizarreness of the story.
Hopefully someday someone will find a higher-resolution version than this one. Here’s the IMDB link. Actually, it was filmed several timesbut that’s the best of them. Briefly, the story is about aliens investigating these strange creatures that call themselves “human”, but they’re pretty disgusted by what they discover. It is provocative for reversing our anthropocentrism as well as positing a tragic answer to the Fermi Paradoxand commenting on the Chinese Room philosophical question.
It was nominated for a Nebula the year after “Bears” won it; I think it deserved it more. Appalachia uplifts beyond Earth’s atmosphere. This is where I started to see the PDK similarity: Bisson occasionally seems to just create a very strange idea, and just play it out to see what happens, hit or miss. ATMs getting a little too assertive, even judgmental? It starts off a lot like “Bears Discover Fire”, then goes… nowhere. Wings on babies instead of bears with fire.
Innovative and experimental, but not in a way I found at all appealing. But at least the idea was interesting. It was also nominated for a Nebula award. Not quite as good as the earlier five-star ones. Guys from the future, retrieving art that otherwise would be lost.
The second failed experiment. Just a bit too arbitrary. Still, since the whole thing is just a setup, it isn’t really satisfying.
Like “Over Flat Mountain” in that it is built around an absurd geological anomaly, but this time it’s sweet and thoughtful, like “George”. The characters are fleshed out briefly but fully, and the narrative is natural and satisfying.
Definitely at the summit of his craft. Short and overplayed, like the others, but a little sharper and a little nastier, and just a little more satisfying. The longest and most complex was save for last, and it’s a serious dive into science fiction. Not perfect — the alien’s odd method of communication was pretty silly and the stoner’s explanation worse and the end was a little anticlimactic, but it was still a very well-made story.
Recommended, if only for the best ones. Jul 19, Negativni rated it did not like it. Jun 23, Sydney Stein rated it really liked it. I would recommend this collection to anyone who is looking to get out of their comfort zone. Aug 18, Delbert rated it really liked it Shelves: A collection of, for the most part, bad-assed sci-fi and speculative fiction, including some great southern gothic stories about lobster-fighting truck drivers of the future, self-aware raccoons i think?
Other highlights beads dialog-driven battles against ATMs and bureaucracy, the great psycho-sexual Necronauts to be filmed in 3-D by Brian Yuzna’s Komodo films out of Indonesia sometime soontime-traveling art-thieves, and, of course, the perennial shor A collection of, for the most part, bad-assed sci-fi and speculative fiction, including some great southern gothic stories about lobster-fighting truck drivers of the future, self-aware raccoons i think?
Other highlights include dialog-driven battles against ATMs and bureaucracy, the great psycho-sexual Necronauts to be filmed in 3-D by Brian Yuzna’s Komodo films out of Indonesia sometime soontime-traveling art-thieves, and, of course, the perennial short-fiction fave “They’re Made Out of Meat. As with most sci-fi, I think you can look over fide minor blemishes here and there if the ideas are interesting, and almost all of these are. I’m looking forward to checking out more of Terr work.
Sep 29, Suzanne gerry it it was amazing. My very favorite kind of short story, what is now sometimes called slipstream. The stories have their roots in the ordinary world bisskn a little bit of Southern style, like Flannery O’Connor but in every one, some surprising and usually impossible turn is taken.
For example, the title story is just what it sounds likewhat would play out if bears discocer fire. If you like the weird, or magic realism, or whatever you like to call it, you’ll like these. The writing is excellent. May 22, Adam Zbiejczuk rated it really liked it. I must say I don’t share the common “wow effect” about the Bears Discover Fire story and find it one of rather weaker.
But there are some great short stories in the collection and it is definitely worth! Sep 17, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: