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Slow Sculpture: Volume XII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon: 12 by [Sturgeon, Theodore]
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“A consummate storyteller and someone whose stories had not only heart, but brains and depth.”
—Connie Willis, from the foreword

“One of the all-time masters of the sci-fi short story. This multivolume project to bring many of his classic tales back into print is long overdue.”
Publishers Weekly

“Sturgeon’s often tender explorations of alien minds were as carefully worked out as Faulkner’s exploration of the mind of the idiot in The Sound and the Fury. His emphasis on psychology instead of blasters prepared the way for most modern masters of the science fiction genre.”
—Stephen King

“Sturgeon was, in several senses, the conscience of modern science fiction.”
The New York Times

“Sturgeon’s stories have an emotional impact unmatched by almost any other writer.”
—Arthur C. Clarke

“One of the best writers in America … Sturgeon is a master storyteller certain to fascinate all sorts of readers, not only science fiction fans.”
—Kurt Vonnegut

“Intelligent, humane, tantalizing stories, every one of which evokes the sense of wonder. Sturgeon’s stories are treasures from Elfland.”
—Carl Sagan

“A terrific writer; I enjoyed every word he published.”
—Robert Heinlein

“Sturgeon wrote miraculous short stories.… He found his urgency directed in becoming the John Dos Passos, the William Faulkner, the Ring Lardner, the James Thurber, the Virginia Woolf of science fiction.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“The most literate and lyrical writer science fiction ever had.”
—Spider Robinson, from the afterword

About the Author

Theodore Sturgeon (1918—1985) is considered one of the greatest masters of the science fiction story and is ranked with classic contemporaries such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke. He received the International Fantasy Award for his 1953 novel More Than Human, as well as Hugo and Nebula awards for his story “Slow Sculpture.”

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  • File Size: 3490 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BKIYJQW
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SLOW SCULPTURE is VOL XII of Theodore Sturgeon's complete short fiction and is a marked improvement over the previous volume. The collection starts out with "The Widget, the Wadget, and Boff", one of his greatest novellas. Written in the mid-1950s, this long and excellent story focuses on the inhabitants of a boarding house who are being studied and manipulated by aliens in an experiment to test the limits of human consciousness. The rest of the stories represent Sturgeon's last concentrated burst of creativity which occurred during 1970-1971, following a period of several years of relative inactivity due to writer's block. The title story "Slow Sculpture" may well be Sturgeon's last true masterpiece, an exquisite story about the meeting of a solitary disillusioned genius and a woman with a deadly illness. Sturgeon's use of the art of bonsai as a central metaphor for human relationships is ingenious and affecting. Other standouts include "The Girl Who Knew What They Meant", a story where a girl's unusual intuition turns out not to be such a great gift, and "Uncle Fremmis", a somewhat whimsical tale about a man with an unusual knack for fixing broken-down machines (and humans) by giving them a hard knock in the right place. Particularly interesting from today's standpoint is "The Verity Files", told as a series of interoffice memos wherein a pharmaceutical company attempts to suppress a cure for cancer mainly because it causes euphoria as a side effect and could be easily duplicated by competitors. This story is just as relevant today as it was nearly 40 years ago, given the ongoing debate about medical marijuana usage and the use of addictive painkillers.Read more ›
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Readers should know that, unlike what it says in the promo blurb, this is not the final volume--there will be at least one more, entitled Case And The Dreamer, intended for publication next year. That said, this is a great selection of stories that you can look forward to reading, or re-reading, with enormous pleasure.
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Reading this one was kind of strange, if only for reasons that are highly specific to me and probably won't resonate with anyone else. When I started reading this series years and years ago (in the late nineties as the early volumes were coming out, before I wound up taking an unintended fifteen year hiatus) the one story the biographical blurbs kept referring to was "Slow Sculpture" since it had won the Hugo and Nebula the year it was published. I was at a stage where winning both awards to me meant the very pinnacle of SF reading and so very much looked forward to reading what in my mind had to be the best Sturgeon story ever written because two entirely separate groups of people who also really liked SF thought to give it their highest award at the same time.

Thing was, the blurbs never said what year the story was published and I didn't realize until much later that it came very late in his career. But every time a new volume would come out I would buy it (even when I was filing it to not be read right away) and flip through the table of contents to see if "Slow Sculpture" was there. And invariably as the volumes edged into the double digits, it was never there. When it did finally make an appearance in the penultimate volume of this series, one that bore its name (of course) I felt some kind of strange relief. Like, oh, there is it finally. We must be nearly done. When I finally reached the point where I was plunging through the volumes I had sort of forgotten which volume it was and so as I pulled each one off the stack, I would look at the one below (there were stacked in a way that I couldn't read the spines, which would have made this vastly easier) and not see it and wonder when I was getting to it.
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The first story of Theodore Sturgeon I read was Slow Sculpture in World's Best Science Fiction 1971. That story stuck with me and after I lost that book, I've searched for this story off and on since. Now, I finally found that story and it is as I remembered it and is even better since I've matured (I like to Believe) and it still has that magical impact upon me now as it did then. What I like about Sturgeon is that he wrote about people and his stories can emote meaning with or without the science fiction elements. So now that I've discovered this series, I'm going back to Volume I and read and rediscover Sturgeon once more.
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