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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I fished the lug nuts out of bisaon hubcap and spun them on. There have always been bears in the mountains of Virginia, but not here in western Kentucky, not for almost a hundred years.

Next In which a black couple applies for a marriage license and ultimately is sentenced for conspiracy to break the law prohibiting same-race marriage. It is actually bluegrass. I told the boy to wait by the phone in case the Sheriff called, but when I looked back, halfway across the field, there bwars was behind me. The first few feet into the trees it was pitch black and the boy grabbed my hand. This just involves opening a few cans, already selected and grouped together with a rubber band.

Another scientist said the bears were attracted by the berries on a bisson bush bksson grew only in the medians of the interstates.

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.

Ibsson is not a review of this entire book but of the title story alone. I had long been prepared. I have a pile as tall as a man out by the barn. The fire was banked up and the bears were gone and someone was crashing straight through the woods, ignoring the path.


Every October, Wallace Jr.

Some are just plain crazy failed experiments, but a few are gems. Next review in this series: The TV showed more guys talking about bears than it showed bears, and Wallace Jr.

Definitely at the summit of his craft. I thought that beats a pretty liberal view for a state commissioner. One of the roles of speculative fiction is to make us look again at our world and re-evaluate what we are doing to it. Sep 02, Netanella rated it liked it Shelves: The stories discovfr their roots in the ordinary world with a little bit of Southern style, like Flannery O’Connor but in every one, some surprising and usually impossible turn is taken.

I got over a third of the way through this book, which was about half of the stories in it, and decided I couldn’t take it anymore. Though they were gathered together, their spirits firre seemed solitary, as if each bear was sitting along in front of its own fire. I was ready to go home, but not Mother.

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories

Meanwhile the average human is just insensitive. From the house at night, sometimes the traffic sounds like a waterfall. I was in Franklin, and it took me less than an hour to get to the Home on I The Coon Suit In which a fellow stops in his pickup to watch hunters baiting their dogs with raccoons. Perhaps a non-American inevitably has difficulty in accessing Bisson’s work. But how do the bears light fires? This is a very sweet and charming story. The flat caused what you might call knowing groans since, as the old-fashioned one in my family so they tell meI fix my own tires, and my brother is always telling me to get radials and quit buying old tires.

Not a word about Wallace Jr. The troopers were sniffing the air and nodding. In addition to taking Wallace and Wallace Jr. Not that I cared. I would have to keep paying for her care until she was officially listed as Missing, which would be Monday.


Appalachia uplifts beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Like many collections, this one was a mixed assortment – there were amazing pieces and some real duds. Crossing the shoulder, I got my pants cuffs wet on the long grass, already wet with dew.

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My favorites included the short, short alien-encounter piece, “They’re Made Out of Meat,” and the titular work “Bears Discover Fire,” a slow moving piece about the nature of man contrasted against beast. Worth checking out if you want a bit more heart in your fantasy and science fiction.

The other stories I read weren’t much better. 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.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

I was wary of approaching the bears at night. Most were smaller black or honey bears, one was a mother with cubs. Briefly, the story is about aliens investigating these strange creatures that call themselves “human”, tire they’re bear disgusted by what they discover.

There were not as many as you would think from the TV—one every six or seven miles, hidden back in a clump of trees or under a rocky ledge.

Idscover Flat Mountain In which a trucker and a hitchhiker cross up and over the eighteen-mile-high flat topped mountain that has uplifted where the Appalachians once were.

Probably they look for water as well as wood. The narrator, his brother and his nephew suffer a flat tyre one night; their flashlight goes out, and the narrator changes the tyre in “a flood of dim orange flickery light