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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She did it every day and raised a family, too. Fre and Elizabeth go to a Christian Success Retreat in South Carolina, where people disciver all over the country practice selling things to one another. I looked around the circle at the bears and wondered what they saw.

Like many collections, this one was a mixed assortment – there were amazing pieces and some real duds. Some are just plain crazy failed experiments, but a few are gems.

It starts off a lot like “Bears Discover Fire”, then goes… nowhere. I went back two nights later, after the funeral. I appreciated the story but didn’t see the joke at all. Aug 18, Delbert rated it really liked it Shelves: Then it got lighter. The fire was going and it was the same bunch of bears, as far as I could tell.

A large cinnamon brown northern-looking bear was poking the fire with a stick, adding a branch now and then from a pile at his side.

Bears Discover Fire

After the supper dishes were done I took the boy out behind the house and down to our fence. It was dark by discver time I got back to the house, and Wallace Jr. Another bear poked the fire from time to time but the others left it alone. Just a bit too arbitrary. He biseon gone in with a video camera, but his shots were just blurry figures sitting around a fire.


Tell me what you think! Narration was well done. The brother himself is introduced to us as a preacher, but it turns out he makes two-thirds of his living in real estate. Not stunning, not horrible.

“Bears Discover Fire” by Terry Bisson

Over 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. 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? Sometimes his stories feel like nothing happened in them, but there’s also something interesting in that too.

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.

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 Appalachia uplifts beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Share Spread the word!

Another scientist said the bears were attracted by the berries on a new bush that grew only in the medians of the interstates. Actually, it was filmed several timesbut that’s the best of them.

If I’m right firw that, then he is a very nice guy. The nurses keep it on all the time. If we stayed on the path we might run into one in the dark, but if we went through the bushes we might be seen as intruders. Sep 02, Netanella rated it liked it Shelves: Like “Over Flat Mountain” in that it is built around an absurd geological anomaly, but this time it’s sweet and thoughtful, like “George”.


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But isn’t that how it is with everything? I sat around with them a while but it seemed to make them nervous, so I went home. I leaned over to whisper terdy to Mother and she shook her head. The light went out. This is a very sweet and charming story.

The Story — Bears Discover Fire

I let him catch disckver. The light seemed to drip down from the canopy of the woods like rain. I like Rudnicki’s rich, deep, baritone, but it seemed somehow too somber for this tongue in cheek story. 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 bo This is the first of Terry Bisson that I’ve read. They did okay at tending it, though. Still, since the whole thing is just a setup, it isn’t really satisfying.

It’s no wonder that it won every award in sight. The spare looked a little soft. It was also nominated for a Nebula award. Two men in suits got out of the hearse and opened the rear door.

From the house at night, sometimes the traffic sounds like a waterfall. I was ready to go home, but not Mother. In addition to taking Wallace and Wallace Jr.