The Ultimate Egoist: Volume I: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
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The Ultimate Egoist, the first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, contains the late author's earliest work, written from 1937 to 1940. Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene...more
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Published April 9th 2013 by North Atlantic Books (first published 1995)
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Stephen
3.5 to 4.0 stars. I have not read all of the stories in this volume so this review is for the stories listed below (I will update the review periodically as I read more stories):

Heavy Insurance - Sturgeon's first published story about an attempted insurance scam that has unintended consequences. 2.5 stars.
Heart - Early short story about a lovers wish having disastrous consequences. 3.5 stars.
Bianca's Hands - One of Sturgeon's best horror stories ever. Chilling, original and haunting. 4.5 to 5....more
Tye
If you want to know what pulp writers could do when pulps were pulps, read this.
Бранимир Събев
Брилянтен сборник с разкази от брилянтен писател, преведени на български от брилянтен преводач! Това е Върховният Егоист, Том първи от събрани разкази на Eдуард Хамилтън Уолдо, известен с творческия си псевдоним Теодор Стърджън. Кой е последният ли? Ами, това не просто е авторът на Бленуващите Кристали, Повече от Човешки и От Кръвчицата Ти. Той е Бащата, оригиналът, творецът, пред който се прекланят титани като Кинг, Бредбъри, Кларк, Хайнлайн, Дилейни, Андерсън, Улф и кой ли още не.

По същината с...more
Tracey
Sep 09, 2007 Tracey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of shorts stories & not necessarily spec-fic
I received The Ultimate Egoist: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon - Volume 1 for Christmas last year & finally dug it out of the TBR pile.

Even though I consider Sturgeon to be an SF writer, the majority of the short stories in this collection don't really fit that category. He was writing for several mainstream sources early in his career, and they often gave him topics upon which to write. There are quite a few romantically themed stories (probably written for the female market) and...more
Kolya Matteo
Included stories:

Heavy Insurance
The Heart
Cellmate
Fluffy
Alter Ego
Mailed through a Porthole
A Noose of Light
Strangers on a Train
Accidentally on Purpose
The Right Line
Golden Day
Permit Me My Gesture
Watch My Smoke
The Other Cheek
Extraordinary Seaman
One Sick Kid
His Good Angel
Some People Forget
A God in a Garden
Fit for a King
Ex-Bachelor Extract
East is East
Three People
Eyes of Blue
Ether Breather
Her Choice
Cajun Providence
Strike Three
Contact!
The Call
Helix the Cat
To Shorten Sail
Thanksgiving Again
Bianca's Hands
D...more
Benjamin Kahn
I wasn't that impressed with this book. Although some of the stories were good, a lot were corny and repetitive. Also, once you catch on to the fact that Sturgeon likes the twist ending, you start looking for it and anticipating it.

I had read More than Human and really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give Sturgeon's short story collection a chance and was disappointed, especially after reading the three introductions singing his praises by Ray Bradbury, Gene Wolfe and Arthur C. Clarke. Now, I real...more
Anne
May 12, 2010 Anne marked it as library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Included stories:

Heavy Insurance
The Heart
Cellmate
Fluffy
Alter Ego
Mailed through a Porthole
A Noose of Light
Strangers on a Train
Accidentally on Purpose
The Right Line
Golden Day
Permit Me My Gesture
Watch My Smoke
The Other Cheek
Extraordinary Seaman
One Sick Kid
His Good Angel
Some People Forget
A God in a Garden
Fit for a King
Ex-Bachelor Extract
East is East
Three People
Eyes of Blue
Ether Breather
Her Choice
Cajun Providence
Strike Three
Contact!
The Call
Helix the Cat
To Shorten Sail
Thanksgiving Again
Bianca's Hands
D...more
Michael Duane  Robbins
It's a bit overwhelming, and not all of these stories can be considered classics. Some of the best are worth the read, especially the title selection.
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Andrew
TS was way a head of his time, the stories in this volume cover the years 1937-42 when he was just 19-24 yrs old and the substance of this stuff is truly admirable in its imaginative vein....Sturgeon had said he didn't want to be a scifi writer, but that was what the publishing house(McClure's) wanted ..... but he did read Astounding Fiction, Weird Tales regularly so this makes sense that he would write such far out stories, IT, Ether Breather, and Derm Fool are standouts,,,,,there are 13 volume...more
Erik Graff
Mar 25, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sturgeon fans
Recommended to Erik by: Larry Santoro
Shelves: sf
This book was given me as a gift by the writer, Lawrence P. Santoro, probably on the occasion of Christmas of 2003. The first volume of Sturgeon's collected works, it is a fine, well-constructed book. Larry was also considerate in presenting the hardcover edition of this volume, knowing that I generally eschew paperbacks.

Sadly, despite my general love for Sturgeon and his works, these earliest short stories were, as might be expected, not his best writing.
Ben
I've heard such good things about Theodore Sturgeon. But man, these stories--many of them commissioned pieces--don't date well at all, what with their casual sexism, jingoist flag waving, etc. This isn't a reflection on Sturgeon as a person or as a writer--a guy's gotta eat, after all. But it doesn't make for pleasurable reading. I'd say this one's for completists only.
Marissa
Obviously his very early work. A lot of "one liner" very short stories. Some show the author he will grow into, though. They only get better after this.
Heather
An original thinker. Some stories haunt me, you can't get them out of your head.
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