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The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume X: The Man Who Lost the Sea
By the winner of the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Awards, this latest volume finds Theodore Sturgeon in fine form as he gains recognition for the first time as a literary short story writer. Written between 1957 and 1960, when Sturgeon and his family lived in both America and Grenada, finally settling in Woodstock, New York, these stories reflec...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by North Atlantic Books
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Mar 26, 2009 Jonathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: short story lovers
I have something of a soft spot for a good short story. While I certainly recognize the value of a good novel, there is something about a well-written short story, where brevity is born of necessity, and the crescendos are sharp and punctuated, that stays with me long after reading. The masters of this craft have the ability to make characters and settings instantly recognizable, in the general feel if not necessarily the specifics, using the reader's preconceptions to immerse them in the flow...more
I give this book five stars purely for my absolute love for the title story. The Man Who Lost the Sea, for me, ranks alongside the works of Borges as one of the most perfectly worked short stories in literature. As a bonus you get plenty of other great stuff, but the title story is worth the price of admission.
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...moreMore about Theodore Sturgeon...