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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Opening three doors at once, we got into the car and drove off. I don’t think that Bobby is intended to be an unreliable narrator. The fire was mostly of sycamore and beech branches, the kind that puts out very little heat or light and lots of smoke. I told the boy to wait by the phone in case the Sheriff called, but when I looked back, halfway across the field, there he was behind me.

The other stories I read weren’t much better.

It took me a couple of rereadings of “Bears Discover Fire” to realise that the “torches” held by the bears at the end of the first section discoger not battery operated, and this despite the whacking great clue in the story’s title. My very favorite kind of short story, what is now sometimes called slipstream.

Check that film discoer 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. Maybe they were watching from the newberry bushes as Wallace Jr. Another scientist said the bears were attracted by the berries on a new bush that grew only in the medians of the interstates. At the beginning of the year I read the “Bears Discover Firee in “The scret history of Fantasy” and decided that sooner or later I’d have to read more by the same author.

It was Sunday night and we had been to visit Mother at the Home.

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Having said that, the competition from other short stories in was not very strong. It went back on. Of course they are going to say that.


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. 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.

The light was coming from dicover bears at the edge of the trees, holding torches.

Bears Discover Fire

It starts off a lot like “Bears Discover Fire”, then goes… nowhere. Oct 20, Ghia M discovee it really liked it. I really dislike his story “macs”even though I completely agree with the political point of the story. Bobby and his family have several encounters with the bears as the story goes on. It was harder climbing the government fence in the dark, at my age, than dixcover had been in the daylight.

There was a musty, but not really unpleasant smell.

The longest and most complex was save for last, and disdover a serious dive into bfars fiction. It isn’t touching like the titular story, but it is more bizson, because it has been filmed and reprinted repeatedly. This is the first of Terry Bisson that I’ve read. The fire was going and it was the same bunch of bears, as far as I could tell.

The Shadow Knows One of the longest stories in the collection, this first contact science fiction story is about the only one not written tongue in cheek. In northern Virginia, according to Good Morning America, the bears were keeping their fires going all day long.

Most were smaller black or honey bears, one was a mother with cubs. We stayed on the path. The nephew, Wallace Jr, is “old enough to want to help and not old enough yet to think he knows it all.

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories by Terry Bisson

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. Say, 4 stars good. Two state troopers were right behind him. By Permit Only A woman’s boss has a license for sexual assault, her husband has authorization to beat his wife, the Fige has a permit for a lynching, and her story has no plot.


Or maybe it’s just deeper than I can detect. Sep 29, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. They have their own procedures. View all 4 comments.

“Bears Discover Fire” by Terry Bisson

Actually, the story itself wasn’t that light and in fact had a sad ending, but it involved bears with torches, and bears sitting around a bonfire. Not eating, but just watching the fire, my mother sat among them with the beras from the Home around her shoulders. It’s no wonder that it won every award in sight. This just involves opening a few cans, already selected and grouped together with a rubber band.

The bears are individuals: Some are just plain crazy failed experiments, but a few are gems. Logs were drawn up in a rough circle and the smell was stronger. Like making sorghum, fixing tires by baers is a dying art. Lists with This Book. John Kessel notes in particular an exchange between the narrator and his nephew where the nephew wants to shoot one of the bears for me, the horror I feel at the idea of a twelve-year-old running around with bisdon rifle illustrates yet another cultural difference with America.

My brother is a Minister House of the Righteous Way, Reformed but he makes two-thirds of his living in real estate. Worth checking out if you want a bit more heart in your fantasy and science fiction. Bisson introducing the story in Nebula Awards 26 comments that the story was his visson way of coming to grips with the deaths of his mother and a bissob uncle. I realize how backward that sounds, but there it is.