BEARS DISCOVER FIRE TERRY BISSON PDF

Learn more on my Disclosure page. It is about bears that have started making campfires on interstate medians. As the nation is captivated by the bears that are skipping their hibernation periods and gathering around campfires, he tries to deal with his elderly mother who thinks she is about to die, teach his young nephew to fix flat tires and make a living selling insurance. A gently humorous tale, Bears Discover Fire lets the reader peek into the personal lives of its characters while exploring the broader backdrop of an amazing natural event. The writing is excellent, the humor is subtle, the message is soft and the story is just downright amazing.

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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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The Best Science Fiction Stories Ever Written: “Bears Discover Fire” by Terry Bisson

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.

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Bears Discover Fire

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.

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