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Selected stories
Sturgeon, Theodore.
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Short stories. Selections
First Vintage Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
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439 pages ; 21 cm
Thunder and roses -- The golden helix -- Mr. Costello, hero -- Bianca's hands -- The skills of Xanadu -- Killdozer! -- Bright segment -- The sex opposite -- The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff -- It -- A way of thinking -- The man who lost the sea -- Slow sculpture.
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Theodore Sturgeon was a genuine American master. Praised, revered, and even envied by the likes of Bradbury, Vonnegut, and King, his short stories contain some of his best work.

In "Thunder and Roses," soon after a nuclear Holocaust, a starlet gives one final performance during which she makes an odd request of the few remaining survivors. In perhaps his most praised story, "The Man Who Lost the Sea," a man riffs on memory and experience on the way to the story's powerful conclusion. And in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpiece, "Slow Sculpture," a young woman with a lump in her breast chances upon a strange healer. With unrivaled emotional impact, Theodore Sturgeon's stories are funny, lyrical, surprising, and provoking.

Author Notes

Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City on February 26, 1918. He sold his first short story, Heavy Insurance, while serving in the United States Merchant Marine from 1935 to 1938. He won numerous awards including the 1954 International Fantasy Award for More than Human, the 1970 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Slow Sculpture, and the 1985 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000. He died of pneumonia in Eugene, Oregon on May 8, 1985.

(Bowker Author Biography) Theodore Sturgeon was the author of numerous novels and over 200 stories. He died in 1985.

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Booklist Review

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, and the International Fantasy Award, Sturgeon was a master of sf and fantasy. He wrote more than 200 short stories and novels and inspired such peers as Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, and Stephen King. This book collects 12 of his best short stories, dating from 1940 to 1980. Sturgeon placed greater emphasis on character interactions than on story line, which make it difficult, at times, to form a clear picture of the plot. The stories are reminiscent of episodes of the TV series Outer Limits in the variety of their settings: after a nuclear holocaust, on a mysterious planet that causes regressive evolution, in the home of a man who can cure illnesses by unconventional means, etc. An excellent introduction to one of the most respected and influential sf writers. --Bryan Baldus

Table of Contents

Thunder and Rosesp. 3
The Golden Helixp. 27
Mr. Costello, Herop. 83
Bianca's Handsp. 109
The Skills of Xanadup. 118
Killdozer!p. 146
Bright Segmentp. 216
The Sex Oppositep. 241
The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boffp. 269
Itp. 353
A Way of Thinkingp. 378
The Man Who Lost the Seap. 407
Slow Sculpturep. 419