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Bright Segment: Volume VIII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon: 8 Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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