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The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume II: Microcosmic God (The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon #2)

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The second of a planned 10 volumes that will reprint all Sturgeon's short fiction covers his prolific output during 1940 and 1941, after which he suffered five years of writer's block. Showcasing Sturgeon's early penchant for fantasy, the first six selections include whimsical ghost stories, such as "Cargo," in which a World War II munitions freighter is commandeered by in ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published November 12th 1998 by North Atlantic Books (first published December 1995)
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Stephen Dedman
May 12, 2015 Stephen Dedman rated it liked it
While it would be unfair to say that this is a better example of Sturgeon's Law than it is of Sturgeon's talent, I will admit that most of the stories in this collection are of interest mainly to to sf historians and Sturgeon completists - and only minor interest, at that. However, the book begins with a gem, 'Cargo', and also features 'Microcosmic God', 'Brat', and 'Yesterday Was Monday', which would justify its place on my limited bookshelf space even if I wasn't a Sturgeon completist, and as ...more
Laurel
May 09, 2016 Laurel rated it really liked it
Review of Yesterday was Monday.

I just love stories like this, with “little people” and a completely different look at life. A different look at time too.

Just imagine if our lives were a stage that someone reset every night while we were asleep. In this story Harry Wright wakes up a little too early, and finds himself on the wrong set! Wednesday, to be precise, instead of Tuesday. He discovers the world to be a pristine stage being “worn” by the various little people at work on the set, with huma
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Nick
Aug 30, 2009 Nick rated it liked it
read this one from hearing about it while reading The Groundswell. Curious book. Short read. Interesting.
Kalin
This whole collection felt as if it was almost there. Almost moving; almost memorable; almost making me think and rethink.

I almost really liked it.

But I'm absolutely looking forward to the next one. Because the direction has been up and up.

My impressions as I read:

~ Recently, in one of my Bulgarian-language groups, we've been discussing which scenes can still scare the life out of us, as grown-up readers.

I've just made a catch: the ending of "Shottle Bop." It terrified me when I first read it a
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Lee Battersby
Aug 19, 2011 Lee Battersby rated it it was ok
That Theodore Sturgeon was one of SF's great stylists, and humanist writers, is without question. But collecting everything he wrote, particularly in the early days when he was churning stories out to make enough to live on, exposes the reader to a lot of sub-standard material, and a lot of work that would be better left where it lay.

There is academic interest in such sub-standard work, undoubtedly, but from a purely reading point of view it's hard to churn your way through such dross as "The A
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Andrew
Mar 23, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
MG is the second of 13 volumes of Sturgeon's short stories! A prolific writer who actually took 10 yrs off from writing and still accumulated enough material for 13 volumes.! The stories in this 2nd vol. were all written from 1940-41 and TS's experience as a merchant marine is evident in them,,,,there are stories like Nightmare Island and Brat and Microcosmic God that are spellbounding and stratospheric in their imaginative brilliance... and starving artist as he was,,, his need to propel himsel ...more
Zeke
Aug 23, 2016 Zeke rated it it was amazing
Theodore Sturgeon is rightly considered a classic science fiction writer, one of the authors that you are supposed to read to have a complete grounding in history of the genre. This collection of short stories proves that case many times over. These are not just great science fiction tales, these are masterful short stories. In these stories Sturgeon had a way of conveying all you need to know about a character with one phrase or action, and moving the story along while delivering on big ideas a ...more
Gretchen
Jan 01, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sturgeon fans
Shelves: not-keeping
I prefer later Sturgeon, and I want to find the other books in this series.

I think the chronological publishing is very interesting for watching him grow and develop on themes, but it does mean there's a certain sameness to many of the stories.

For me, the standouts are Cargo and Yesterday Was Monday. The latter is one of my favorite stories by him, but I already have it in another collection and we're trying to cut down on our shelf space.
Jonas Persson
Mar 24, 2013 Jonas Persson rated it it was amazing
I only read the short-story Microcosmic God, and thought it was brilliant, especially considering when it was written. Very innovative, and mind-tickling idea.
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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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