BEARS DISCOVER FIRE TERRY BISSON PDF

Thanks to Ed McKnight for letting me post it here. Copyright , Dr. Ed McKnight John A. The idiosyncratic utopias of Geoffroy-Chateau and Charles Renouvier have yielded in the twentieth century to the more somber speculations of such authors as Philip Dick and Kingsley Amis. While these negative versions of history are often touched with ambivalence, they primarily show how much worse our world might have been than it actually is, and thus implicitly support the status quo. Of the modern authors who have attempted utopian revisions of history, most have chosen to write them in a comic mode, softening their critiques of our history and muting their utopianism for a more cynical era.

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According to his Wikipedia page, Bisson was born in in Kentucky. While in college, he was on the forefront of the student peace movement in the s, and even met with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He became a full-time writer in , then moved to Oakland, California in , the poor sap. Bears, for some unexplained reason, suddenly discover how to use fire.

So suddenly the national parks and backwoods and highway medians of America are filled with bears carrying torches or sitting around campfires. Stories need protagonists, and those protagonists need real problems. And bears that can use fire. Discovering fire. Just kidding, just kidding.

Tire repair, funnily enough, plays a recurring them in the story. Anyway, how often do you see a story about dealing with the loss of a parent and educating the younger generation on the finer points of grammar and tire repair couched in a story about bears discovering fire?

This is a story that both readers, reviewers, and sci-fi writers adored to bits. Now get the heck off the internet and get writing. I got kind of busy.

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Published in Jan. Reprinted by permission of the author. It was Sunday night and we had been to visit Mother at the Home. We were in my car. The flat caused what you might call knowing groans since, as the old-fashioned one in my family so they tell me , I fix my own tires, and my brother is always telling me to get radials and quit buying old tires.

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According to his Wikipedia page, Bisson was born in in Kentucky. While in college, he was on the forefront of the student peace movement in the s, and even met with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He became a full-time writer in , then moved to Oakland, California in , the poor sap. Bears, for some unexplained reason, suddenly discover how to use fire. So suddenly the national parks and backwoods and highway medians of America are filled with bears carrying torches or sitting around campfires.

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But how do the bears light fires? I went back two nights later, after the funeral. An old Caddy has a big trunk that tends to fill up like a shed. Review just for the title story first posted on Fantasy Literature. That to me was the point at which Mother departed this life.

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