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"Historically, the Complete Sturgeon is one of the most important reissues in years. In terms of reading, this is a goldmine both for those already familiar with Sturgeon's work and for a new generation of readers ready for something real."
-Strange Worlds Magazine

"Theodore Sturgeon has become a kind of patron saint of SF short story writers. His fiction demonstrated a love of humanity and an understanding of human emotion unparalleled in the field. At the time of his death in 1985, no short story writer was held in so high a regard."
-David Brin, author of Heaven's Reach

About the Author

Theodore Sturgeon was born on February 26, 1918 in Staten Island, New York. He died in Eugene, Oregon, on May 8, 1985. A resident of New York City, upstate New York, and Los Angeles, he is the author of more than thirty novels and short story collections.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433276
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Battaglia on June 10, 1999
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This is the third volume of the serieis and I'm reading the fourth now and I have to say that if you have ANY passing interest in science-fiction, literature, basically anything related to writing and the art of the short story, you owe it to yourself to hunt down these volumes, they're about the best service the publishing industry has done for one of its writers in years. You won't get genius each time but each volume has its own gems to treasure. This one has of course the masterful Killdozer among other things, the stories are branching out more here, most are touching in some way but all are at the very least entertaining, my favorite might just be the unpublished "August Sixth, 1945" which distills brilliantly the thoughts of a generation realizing the power they had with atomic energy and coming to grips with just what it meant. You can see a shift in his stories at that point and especially with the later "Thunder and Roses", as with most science fiction writers, the future was now and it wasn't all rosy and they felt they had a duty to show that it could be good that the shining stuff they showed in their stories could come true. Sturgeon believed that because he believed in people and he loved everyone and nothing shows that better than his stories. Read them and you come to know the man. And he's worth knowing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David N. Reiss on March 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Theodore Sturgeon is the best writer of short story science fiction. In a field such as science fiction, one of the few places where short stories continue to be regular features of the literary landscape, this is a high honor. This is a simple statement of fact. Ask any of the Giants, the other great short story writers of the field: Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, etc. They would each be more than willing to acknowledge Sturgeon as the best. Isaac Asimov wrote of his high opinions of Ted Sturgeon's body of work in his own autobiography.
I have always recommended the works of Sturgeon to people who want to get a feel for a more literary style of SF. Some people don't get Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke because they aren't normal "literary faire" to them. This is, at times, due to these people being educated beyond their own intelligence, but well... it is something that SF has had to deal with from the uninitiated. But Sturgeon is some one, along with some other SF luminaries like Ursula Le Guin and Harlan Ellison, even these so-called literary snobs have to recognize as a great writer. As a general rule, any English teachers who don't see SF as real writing will acknowledge Sturgeon as a great writer.
This book is part of a series of the complete short stories from Theodore Sturgeons career. It contains a few of his best and most famous short stories: "Medusa", "Killdozer!" and "Mewhu's Jet". It also contains a few of my own personal favorites with "The Bones", "Blabbermouth" and "Memorial".
Most of all, what we have with this book is a collection of where Sturgeon was at as a writer right before and during World War Two. WW2 was, naturally enough - as with all the other writers of his generation, the major factor on Sturgeon's later work...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stories by Sturgeon inspired movies, episodes of Star Trek, & even the New Twilight Zone. I'm not a Sturgeon fan, but I'm baffled by how an award winning author (indeed an author with an award named for him) who had links to the media is disappearing. Talking about the author is Very relevant since this & other such collections are about keeping his work in print. Anyway this a mixture of fantasy, SF, horror & Mainstream. The standouts are said to be the title peace (Killdozer! is mentioned a lot in MST 3K's early seasons) "Abreaction", "The Chromium Helmet", & "Mewhu's Jet". This collection gives you a good feel of this stage of Sturgeon's career. If you like Sturgeon or just have an interest in older science fiction & fantasy this is worth trying out
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