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Starshine

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Starshine -- the eerie, unmistakable fire of Ted Sturgeon's genius -- lights up unforgettably these stories of now and tomorrow...tales of aliens from far planets, men of the spaceways and creatures of darkness. From the daring of "The World Well Lost" to the tense adventure of "The Pod and the Barrier" and the brisk fantastic humor of "Derm Fool," these are Sturgeon class ...more
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Published November 1st 1977 by Jove Books (first published 1966)
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Rena Sherwood
This was the cover of the very beat-up -- er, I mean, well loved -- copy I had. The book finally fell apart before I finished it. But damn it, I did manage to place the pages in order and marched on to the finish.

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I've read three or four Theodore Sturgeon anthologies and this was the weakest of the lot, mainly because two of the longest stories, "The World Well Lost" and "The Pod and the Barrier" can also be found in other Theodore Sturgeon anthologies (as well as other various sundry sci fi anth
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Simon
Mar 11, 2009 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, sf
While not the strongest collection of Sturgeon's I've read, there are a couple of great stories in here and the writing is generally of a high standard throughout.

No central theme unites the stories in this collection and they are quite varied. "Derm Fool" is a comedy about a couple who discover a Snake that, after biting them, has infected them with a condition that causes them to shed their skins on a daily basis. Far from being distraught by this condition, they capitalise on it by using thei
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Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for mid-60's, semi New Wave science fiction
Another pick off Mount ToBeRead, Starshine is a collection of Theodore Sturgeon's short stories, published 1966.

IMHO, Sturgeon does better with "soft" SF than hard; I'd prefer he tell me about how the people are affected by the technology than too much about the technology itself. For example, "Derm Fool" for me, is a much more satisfying story than "The Artnan Process". Sometimes he needn't include any SF elements at all - "How to Kill Aunty" would fit in well as an Alfred Hitchcock Presents e
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Raj
Apr 04, 2010 Raj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
This is a collection of six short stories by the master of post-Humanism, although none of these stories really touch on that subject. The stories include comedy (Derm Fool), ghost stories (The Haunt) and SF as well as a non-genre story (How to Kill Aunty) which is mostly whimsical, with a twist at the end. The best stories are probably the most touching - The World Well Lost about a spacer crew taking two lovers back to their homeworld to stand trial and The Pod and the Barrier about the cranks ...more
Shelley
An interesting and diverse collection of 6 short stories, spanning ghost-story horror to far-galaxies sci-fi. I was particularly touched by 'The World Well Lost', a very progressive piece of sci-fi writing for the time (the 1950s). His writing both captures and challenges the time and culture he was writing within.
Tobias Taylor
A melange of science-fiction, crime, and horror and whilst most of the six short stories read like first-draft concepts for future books there were a few gems hidden amongst the fray. What subtlely resides below the exterior of each story are imaginative explorations of human interaction concealed behind a flashy visual trope.

Julia
50/ 174 pages Read two of the six stories and they were fine, I would have kept reading, but books I really wanted to read and finish fast came to the library. So it's not that I couldn't finish, but rather I chose not to. “Derm Fool” is about a guy whose body parts keep dropping off, they grow back, but he’s making a mint selling them taxidermied.
Rod
Feb 28, 2012 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection includes "The World Well Lost," a classic exploration of prejudicial attitudes about homosexuality from a "Golden Age" science fiction writer. I love Sturgeon. Even his minor stories which initially leave you asking "so what was that about?" often result later in you asking, "what WAS that about?" "The Pod and the Barrier" is another good one here.
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Jun 22, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it
My first introduction to Theodore Sturgeon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! What a master of metaphor! Definitely going to be reading more of him soon.
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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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