Publication: For a Breath I Tarry Publication Record # ; Author: Roger Zelazny; Date: ; ISBN: ; Publisher. This is a wonderful story on a theme that Zelazny returns to often – precisely . Through Rogers stories I developed an interest and started to read more. Read For a Breath I Tarry for the first time as part of the new Collected. Roger Zelazny. For a Breath I Tarry They called him Frost. Of all things created of Solcom, Frost was the finest, the mightiest, the most difficult to understand.
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Taking place long after the self-extinction of Man, it recounts the tale of Frost, a sentient machine ” Along the way, the story explores the differences between Man and Machine, the former experiencing the world qualitatively, while the latter do so quantitatively.
Roger Zelazny. For a Breath I Tarry
Paperback1st edition68 pages. Published July by Underwood Miller first published September Hugo Award Nominee for Novelette To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask tsrry readers questions about For a Breath I Tarryplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 18, Algernon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this up because it was a Hugo candidate and because i liked the title.
I would zzelazny it to anyone who wants to find out you don’t need hundreds of pages in order to write a great story.
This novella is set on Earth after the last Man has died. His creations remain in the form of Artificial Inteligence automatons. From this point, Zelazny goes to explore the limitations of A. The ending is very satisfactory, with the lines from what I discovered to be I picked this up because it was a Hugo candidate and because i liked the title. The ending is very satisfactory, with the lines from what I discovered to be a poem by A.
I will put it here, for I don’t think it constitue a spoiler: From far, from eve and morning And yon twelve-winded sky, The stuff of life to knit me Blew hither: Now — for a breath I tarry Nor yet disperse apart — Take my hand quick and tell me, What have you in your heart. Speak now, and I will answer; How shall I help you, say; Ere to the wind’s twelve quarters I take my endless way.
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Mar 02, Goran Lowie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. It has aged extremely well. It explores the definition of humanity, the limits of A.
I recommend it to all fans of the post-apocalyptic genre, fans of science fiction, fans of fantasy, fans of books, fans of breathing. Jan 20, David rated it it was amazing. Short and to the point, this story is very good and has aged well, despite being nearly 47 years old. It describes a robot named Frost in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, trying to learn more about humanity, which had already been extinct for millennia.
I could describe it, but this quote from the story will tell you everything you need to know about it. You can tell me its composition, dimensions, weight, temperature. A Man could not look at it and do that.
A Man could make tools which would tell Him these things, but He still would not know measurement as you know it. What He would know of it, though, is a thing that you cannot know. Jan 29, Morgan Enix rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this novella novelette? I’ve seen it listed as both. However, the way this is written makes it completely new since man isn’t involved in the process of robots trying to uncover the intricacies of the human condition.
I also love that this was written before AI got too advanced. I would highly recomme I absolutely loved this novella novelette? I would highly recommend this to anyone. It will make you think!
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Oct 12, Thai Son rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click breatb. Not bad for a quick afternoon read. The motifs are starting to recur, and of course I still don’t quite follow the idea that robots could become man mostly because Orger don’t believe in a consciousness that came from data transmissionbut, as with all science-fiction, this raised interesting ideas.
Frost, like Asimov’s Bicentennial Man, learned his way towards manhood. This obviously needs some examination, and I think anyone wishing to make a coherent conception of the human identity needs to a Not bad for a quick afternoon read. This obviously needs some examination, and I think anyone wishing to make a coherent conception of the human identity needs to answer this question: Is new human Frost a continuation of the old robotic Frost?
Could this be a case of cloning and then imparting a memory? And what started all these? Was it not Frost’s curiosity- an undoubtedly human trait? Dec 30, Lucy rated it it was amazing. I’m not sure if I have read a short story that is as powerful as this one was. Zelazny creates a beautiful story in a way that a simple line can grip you with such intense emotion. This story is incredible, and I find myself unable to find the words for it.
Jun 01, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Delany’s epic and challenging Dhalgren destroyed my reading goal for the year, I’m catching up on some short stories and novellas to try to get back on track. Thank God I did — this may be my most favorite sci-fi short story ever!!! Man ceases to exist, but his Machines remain. The Machines revere Man as their creator and recognize that Man had abilities “beyond logic” that they could never possess, and so were superior beings.
One Machine seeks to find out as much as possible ab Since Samuel R. One Machine seeks to find out as much as possible about Man, and eventually, to become one. The Nature of Art, and Life itself. The robot-to-robot dialogue alone is priceless. Why have we come here?
I have constructed analogues of the human sensory equipment, so that I may see and smell and taste and hear like a Man. Now, direct my attention to an object or objects of beauty.
What do you see, hear, taste, smell? Mar 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just re-read this novelette for the umpteenth time. It is one of my very favorite novelettes by one of my favorite authors. As with much of Zelazny’s stories there is a touch of spirituality in them.
He pulls much of his ideas from mythology and scriptures. In this story it is almost a retelling of creation Genesis and the Book of Job. It’s been 10, years since man has become extinct and Frost is a machine that controls the northern hemisphere of earth while Beta controls the southern I just re-read this novelette for the umpteenth time.
It’s been 10, years since man has become extinct and Frost is a machine that controls the northern hemisphere of earth while Beta controls the southern hemisphere. Their function is to constantly rebuild the earth. At one time all of the machines reported to Solcon a machine that orbits the earth but during a brief respite or malfunction, Divcon has been created and lives in the bowels of the earth and sends his own machines out to circumvent Solcon’s orders until the machines in the southern hemisphere are controlled by Divcon.
Solcon and Divcon work against one another although both have the same mission. Frost wants to know more about man since in the end that is who they continue to serve and eventually joins into a kind of Faustian bargain with Mordel another smaller machine who serves Divcon.
Frost bets that he can become a man but if he fails he agrees to leave Solcon’s service rpger go to serve Divcon for eternity in the depths of the earth. Sep 07, Dwayne Shugert rated it it was amazing. In the distant future humanity is no more and the only things that exist are Machines who continue to maintain the world.
Enter into this landscape a Machine, Frost, who wants to know everything about human beings. So, he searches for human remains, books, artifacts, art, places of beauty, and tries to comprehend, and in many ways, become human.
This is a short story that tries to answer the question, what does it mean to be human. It is a brilliant thought experiment and experience. Well written In the distant future humanity is no more and the only things that exist zelaany Machines who continue to maintain the world. Well written and thought provoking, a journey into art, and beauty, and emotions and all that makes us human.