Fritz Leiber and His Classic Story "A Pail of Air"

IZ224coversm The new issue of Interzone, featuring my novella "Sublimation Angels," arrived yesterday. The issue should arrive in bookstores across the U.S. in the coming days, so keep an eye out.

My story is set on a cold planet wrenched from its orbit, causing its atmosphere to freeze and fall from the sky. Given such a setting, the story is naturally dedicated to Fritz Leiber and his famous "A Pail of Air." I remember reading that story as a child, fascinated and excited by both an earth tumbling through deep space and the desperation of the main character, who stays alive only through retrieving pails of frozen air.

Leiber's story is still a good read, although parts of it haven't aged well, such as its representation of women. I mean, seriously, what woman in her right mind asks about fashion and dresses upon first meeting other humans after years of isolation and near death? Still, this is a well-deserved science fiction classic. Read the complete story here.