Roger Zelazny’s “For A Breath I Tarry” is probably my very favorite sci-fi story of all time–a novelette or long-short story about a distant. 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 what . Read For a Breath I Tarry for the first time as part of the new.

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I’m not sure if I have read a short story that is as powerful as this one was. The motifs are starting to recur, and of course I still don’t quite follow the idea that robots could become man mostly because I don’t believe in a consciousness that came from data transmissionbut, as with all science-fiction, this raised interesting ideas.

Roger Zelazny. For a Breath I Tarry

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It explores the definition of humanity, the limits of A.

Books by Roger Zelazny. Johann Fausten Faustus, the Last Night Thus, he has accomplished his goal. Frost, like Asimov’s Bicentennial Man, learned his way towards manhood. One Zeazny seeks to find out as much as possible about Man, and eventually, to become one. So one of my favorites.

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I keep discovering more than Amber However, Mordel, the antagonist, believes it cannot be done. Taking place long after the self-extinction of Man, it recounts the tale of Frost, a sentient machine ” For Zelazny it is feeling – emotion, as Snorri says – that makes the difference. Refresh and try again. Home What’s new Latest activity Authors. He now indentifies with her, and zelany he feels for her.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Greath ask other readers questions about For a Breath I Tarryplease sign up. Is new human Frost a continuation of the old robotic Frost?

Sep 07, Dwayne Shugert rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Feb 24, William rated it liked it 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Speak now, and I will answer; How shall I help you, say; Ere to the wind’s twelve quarters I take my endless way. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

For instance, there is quite a lot of biblical symbolism. 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.

Enter into this landscape a Machine, Frost, who wants to know everything about human beings. Now — for a breath I tarry Nor yet disperse apart taryr 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.


I recommend it to all fans of the post-apocalyptic genre, fans of science fiction, fans of fantasy, fans of books, fans of breathing.

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Want to Read saving…. It sure is better than A Rose Email required Address never made public. Science fiction short stories short stories Short stories by Roger Zelazny Artificial breatth in fiction Post-apocalyptic short stories. In this story, Zelazny tries to identify the very things that signify man.

Snowdog Well-Known Member Feb 6, The Machines revere Man as their creator and recognize that Man brearh abilities “beyond logic” that they could never brezth, and so were superior beings. I believe that is what makes the difference between good writer and a great one. Am thinking the Ancient Ore-Crusher has a mythological angle, too, but can’t recall which The theme of a sentient artefact trying to become a human being begins with the legend of Pygmalion and ranges from Collodi’s Pinocchio, Azimov’s robots and the Star Trek android Data,… Widely acclaimed, the novelette tackles the theme in Zelaznian ways.

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