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The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1977 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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Theodore Sturgeon is famous for what has become known as Sturgeon's Law. 95% of science-fiction, Sturgeon happily admitted, is crap. But so what? 95% of everything is crap. I have always thought Sturgeon's Law was a deep insight into the nature of the universe, and it is in particular one that self-published authors would do well to remember; I am a self-published author myself, so I trust that I am allowed to say this. It follows as a corollary of Sturgeon's Law (I will leave the details to the ...more
Brian Bowes
I don't know when I first read these stories by Theodore Sturgeon, but I do know that they've stuck with me through time. I find myself often referring to a story, a concept, or an image from one of these tales as I try to explain a magic moment in every day life. One could say that I have become as Theodore's "Perfect Host."- read the story, then you'll see.
Got this one on an Ebay buying binge. I was looking for cheap old SF paperbacks and got it in a bundle package. I never heard of Sturgeon before but he's comparably well-rated on Goodreads so I had some hopes for these short stories.

The German translation is split up in two parts. I only have the second part called "Tausend Schiffe am Himmel" which contains the last five stories.

The other man: 2*
The idea of modulating personalities sounds interesting but seen from today the story is hampered by
Aug 25, 2011 James rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one!
Shelves: books-i-hated
Normally I don't have a problem with early science fiction, but Sturgeon's stuff from the 1940s and 1950s leaves much to be desired. The stories are very chatty, don't flow well and the book has editorial errors here and there which can be distracting.

The story Shottle Bop was disappointing, for example. A guy walks into a shop that's really not there and makes major changes in his life due to a magic potion. However he uses (and was warned not to) use the power for selfish ends. Then he has a
Listened to "The Skills of Xanadu".
Norman Howe
I would give 5 stars to some of these stories; but some, including the longest, Maturity, would only get a 2.
This collection demonstrates the diversity, not only of the authors imagination, but in his scientific knowledge. He is a master of the bizarre and tells a great story too.
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Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is considered one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy. The author of numerous acclaimed short stories and novels, among them the classics More Than Human, Venus Plus X, and To Marry Medusa, Sturgeon also wrote for television and holds among his credits two episodes of the original 1960s Star Trek series, for which he created the Vulcan m ...more
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