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Bright Segment: Volume VIII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon: 8 by [Sturgeon, Theodore]
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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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  • File Size: 3551 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BKIYJQM
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Format: Hardcover
A memo to NorthAtlantic Books: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for publishing the collected stories of Theodore Sturgeon. I have been a devoted fan of his (and here I call your attention to the derivation of the word 'fan' from 'fanatic') for more than 40 years now. To see his works available in this fine edition is not only a nostalgic thrill, but a pleasure.
I am such a Sturgeon addict that I find it hard to critcize any of his work negatively. Volume 8 give no reason to do so, but this in not to say that every tale is equal in quality. Superlative levels of creation and craftsmanship can be expected of no writer; but I leave your opinions to be drawn by yourself.
For what comes through this volume is Sturgeon's view of humanity, view of fear and evil in the world (and beyond, of course, but we know that his s-f work is metaphorical for the human condition any way), his incredible optimistic hopes for the success of the human spirit. It's what all his work is infected with, even when he is at his darkest.
If you are acquainted with Theodore Sturgeon, go ahead and splurge in time and funds get in touch with an old friend. If you are unacquainted with him, splurge and make a new friend. You'll not be sorry.
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Format: Hardcover
It seems like as the fifties went on Sturgeon began to adopt more of a "try anything and see what sticks" approach to writing stories, which will probably lead to some disappointment from people expecting more "Baby is Three" rehashes or just science-fiction in general but frankly the variety lends itself to better results even when the attempt isn't entirely successful. Thirteen volumes of nothing but stories about spaceships would probably mean that someone wouldn't get a thirteen volume collection of their own work some day and what makes Sturgeon interesting is how his SF stories don't feel like typical SF, almost like he's using space or the future or alien planets as a backdrop to explore emotions that were more interesting to him. And since having people work over ideas can pretty much be done in any setting, the genres here tend to run the gamut.

The most off-putting for the SF fans and I hope the reason they stuck it first in the collection (I know they're being ordered chronologically but it would be nice if they considered it a breakpoint so they could lead off with it) would be "Cactus Dance", which is a full on Western, but one that's concerned with an odd sense of magical realism that feels purely Sturgeon. Beyond that, you have stuff like "The Riddle of Ragnarok" which reads like a dry run for Walt Simonson's "Thor" comics but still coming at it from a strange angle (the two birds that belong to Odin) and critical favorite "To Here and the Easel" which completely comes out of left field.
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Format: Hardcover
Theodore Sturgeon, in short form (well, short to novella length.) I finally have this in a copy of my own -- it's been a rather storied situation -- and I am very happy about that. Empathy, compassion, brilliance...all traits of Sturgeon's stories. That way you're a sitting duck when he delves into horror -- he knows all the ways to worm into your head, trust me.
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The autor tells simple stories full of emotions and warm everyday situations though in a scince fiction atmosphere, always fashionable
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These stories are well crafted, but not what I'm looking for when I read SF.
They feel literary more than Sci Fi.

Example: 'Cactus Dance' is a fine character sketch about two botanists in the desert, colorfully drawn and no doubt evocative, but, nice as that was, it lacked both conflict and science.

Example: 'Bright Segment' was a sad story about an idiot caring for a drug mule. It was a great story but by no stretch was it SF.

Example: 'The Bulkhead' must qualify as SF because it's about a spaceman in space, but it might have well have been about a prisoner in solitary confinement. Its only link to sf was the psychology.

Superb writer, though. The other books in the collection are great.
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