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Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories (1993)

by Terry Bisson

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A mixed bag of short stories. I bought this for 'They're made of meat', but none of ter other stories come close. I enjoyed a few of them - the final one about first contact was OK, although frustrating, but not great overall. Never the less, 'They're made of meat' is outstanding, perhaps my favourite short story of all time. ( )
  Matt_B | Dec 8, 2013 |
This solid short story collection really relies on the title story. However, this story alone is worth buying the whole collection for. Bears Discover Fire is probably the best SF short story I've ever read by far. ( )
  boweraj | Jun 2, 2009 |
I bought this book based solely on the title. "Bears Discover Fire." The implications of that are horrifying. A second sapient species on the planet? Man reigns supreme only because of his oversized brain; on a level playing field, the bears would wipe the floor with us every time.

The book is actually a collection of short stories, and unfortunately none of them, including the titular ursine escapade that was brimming with promise, are particularly good. Terry Bisson is one of those classic science fiction writers who has a brilliant imagination, and some amazing ideas, but lacks the writing ability to really bring them to their full potential (the terminal point along that spectrum being the filthy, wretched hovel of Philip Jose Farmer). Some of the stories are quite bad; most are merely not good. They're readable, certainly, but Bisson just makes so many mistakes. He drops foreshadowing too early, leaves blatant hints that the reader could easily guess for themselves, and his stories just seem to lack some vital spark. A good effort, but give this one a miss. ( )
  edgeworth | Jan 6, 2009 |
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Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection by the most acclaimed science fiction author of the decade, author of such brilliant novels as Talking Man and Voyage to the Red Planet. It brings together nineteen of Bisson's finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered the field's highest honors, including the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards.

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