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Thunder and Roses: Volume IV: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

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Thunder and Roses is the fourth volume in The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon. Included in Thunder and Roses are 15 stories, with major works like "Maturity," "The Professor's Teddy Bear," "A Way Home," and the title story, in addition to two works never published before.
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by North Atlantic Books (first published 1947)
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It is a marvel to behold, how Sturgeon the apprentice burst into the master Sturgeon. Bang at the start of the book too: smiling at you along with Robin English from "Maturity."

(However, this may be an exaggeration. Sturgeon did rewrite the second half of "Maturity" several years later, to make it more, well, more mature. The first version, as Clifford Simak pointed out to him, had a stellar start but slid into mundanity.)

Stop reading this review and go read that collection. Especially "Maturity
Ted Sturgeon is one of those strange authors that plenty of people in the speculative fiction genres cite as a major influence, yet is not widely known by most anyone else. could be that now-a-days, fiction magazines have dwindled, and most press coverage (e.g., NYT bestseller lists and all) focuses only on novels. Sturgeon only ever wrote a few novels, and they're each reviewed as pretty good at best. but short stories, wow, Sturgeon was an absolute master at the form.

this particular collection
Note: My hardcover copy has different cover art; according to one website, the art on my hardcover copy is by Paula Morrison. I don't know if this means there was more than one hardcover edition. For what it's worth, my just-purchased Kindle edition does have this art.
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