Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories has ratings and 74 reviews. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ said: Review (just for the title story) first posted on Fanta. Bisson has described “Bears Discover Fire” as being about exactly what the title says. This is not true. The narrator, his brother and his nephew suffer a flat tyre. 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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A bear moved over to let Wallace Jr. It soothes them down. Nov 21, Susan rated it it was amazing. Published January by Orb Books first published August Women Destroy Science Fiction! In front of it there was a police car with a trooper standing beside it, and behind it a funeral home hearse, also an Olds But when I turned to find the lug nuts, I was surprised to see that the flashlight the boy was holding was dead. I have a pile as tall as a man out by the tire.

“Bears Discover Fire” by Terry Bisson

The narrator, referred to by his nephew Wallace Jr. The highway was busy with cars heading south and trucks heading north. 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.

When we first took Mother to the Home almost four years forty-seven months ago, she told Wallace and me she was ready to die. He and Elizabeth go to a Christian Success Retreat in South Carolina, bizson people from all over the country practice selling things to one another.


Next In which a black couple applies for a marriage license and ultimately bissln sentenced for conspiracy to break the law prohibiting same-race marriage. Another bear poked the fire from time to time but the others left it alone. Some characters there were even talking about hunting them. The light went out.

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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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The mother, on the other hand, is long prepared for her own death, and the narrator is gradually coming to terms with it.

The tone is elegiac throughout. Share Spread the word! If I’m right about that, then he is a very nice guy.

There was a musty, but not really unpleasant smell. Say, 4 stars good. I think it’s actually a fable, in the Aesopian sense of a moral story featuring animals which behave as humans. Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection by the most acclaimed science fiction author of the decade, author of such brilliant novels as Talking Man and Voyage to the Red Planet.

It looked like there may have been more bears behind them, in the trees. We stood for a minute watching the cars and trucks pass. I cut a little firewood and stacked it to one side, just to be neighborly. You do this by setting the tire upright, sitting on it, and bouncing it up and down between your legs while the air goes in.


It seems as it gire author couldn’t be bothered to fully explore the artistic aspects of these ideas.

Bears Discover Fire

They say the old folks like the flickering. The light went out again, then diacover back better than ever as I was fitting the spare over the lugs.

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.

By Permit Only A woman’s boss has a license for sexual assault, her husband has authorization dsicover beat his wife, the KKK has a permit for a lynching, and her story has no plot.

The big bear tended the fire, breaking up the dry branches by holding one end and stepping on them, like people do.