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Pail of Air Hardcover – 1 Nov 1979

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but a Goodie! 22 Oct. 2016
By Michael Ronayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My first encounter with Fritz Leiber’s short story “A Pail of Air” was in March 1956 via the X Minus One radio show. At the time, I could still not read or write and was just undergoing the eye surgery and physical therapy which would correct my vision problems and allow me the read and write several years in the future; I had a lot of catching up to do. Until I was able to read without migraine headaches, X Minus One was one of my few lifelines to Science Fiction and of all the dramatizations, “A Pail of Air” was always my favorite, perhaps in part because the protagonist was only a little younger than I was at my first hearing.

For a story which was first published in December 1951, when I was ten years old, it is amazing how current this story has remained over the past 65 years. When the discovery of new exoplanets is no longer front page news and our local corner of the Milky Way Galaxy appears to be littered with Hot Jupiter’s which are the norm while our Solar System is the exception and planetary models speculate on the orbital ejection of Gas Giants, a wayward Brown Dwarf is not that hard to believe. Speaking of wayward celestial objects, for 2016-10-22 check Google News for “massive 9th planet”. The universe may be a lot stranger place than even Fritz Leiber imagined.

Download a copy of “A Pail of Air”, you will not be disappointed. If there is a young science fiction reader in your family, make sure they have access; this book should have been tagged for young-adults and it was not.
1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware 6 July 2016
By D. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Like one of the other reviewers I was looking for a copy of "64-Square Madhouse" which is included in the short story collection "A Pail of Air". This is NOT that collection, but only the single story of that title. To be fair, the details for the description of the paperback version does correctly indicate that the book is only 22 pages long. But the description of the kindle version claims to be more than 100 pages long; which is false. Also at least two of the three reviews predating mine are clearly reviews of the genuine collection and not of the skimpy product actually offered here. This sucks, Amazon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction? 30 July 2016
By Kenneth Buhmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Sure, but catastrophe could happen on Earth.
Well written, suspense, insight. Elements of Lost Horizon, and Space genera stories.
We should investigate world survival mechanisms more than we do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories by one of the masters 19 Dec. 2013
By Ross G. Homer - Author of the Avenging Angel series - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this book when it first came out back in the early '60's. It was a fun read then, a great read now. I bought it for the "64-Square Madhouse," a story that's I'd been thinking about for several years. The other stories are just as good. He was a hell of a story teller and this is one of his best. It's too bad that so many of these classic science fiction books aren't in print anymore. I bought this one used.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Aug. 2014
By michael - Published on Amazon.com
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it was ok.
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