Bears Discover Fire

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"Bears Discover Fire"
Short story by Terry Bisson
CountryUnited States
Genre(s)Science fiction
Published inIsaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine
Publication typeMagazine
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Publication dateAugust 1990

"Bears Discover Fire" is a science fiction short story by American science fiction author Terry Bisson.[1] It concerns aging and evolution in the US South, the dream of wilderness, and community. The premise is that bears have discovered fire, and are having campfires on highway medians.

It was originally published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in August 1990.


"Bears Discover Fire" won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. It was the inspiration for Michael Bishop's 2005 story "Bears Discover Smut".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

"Bears Discover Fire" has been adapted into a Columbia University MFA thesis film directed by Ben Leonberg and produced by Scott Riehs.



  1. ^ LOCUS Index to SF Awards Archived February 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bears Discover Smut, by Michael Bishop, at, via; retrieved February 6, 2017

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