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4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  115 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Theodore Sturgeon was a genuine American master. Praised, revered, and even envied by the likes of Bradbury, Vonnegut, and King, his short stories contain some of his best work.

In "Thunder and Roses," soon after a nuclear Holocaust, a starlet gives one final performance during which she makes an odd request of the few remaining survivors. In perhaps his most praised story,
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Published October 17th 2000 by Vintage
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Apr 12, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Theodore Sturgeon
Shelves: science-fiction
Final analysis = 2.75 stars, with a quarter of a star bonus just for being a canonical science fiction author.

More than halfway through and now i'm probably going to have to rate this collection at least 3 stars.

"Thunder and Roses" -- ** Post-apocalyptic story about ... love? An ambitious thesis in some ways, but i just don't buy it and the characters bothered me as thin caricatures. I won't bore you by repeating that same sentence for all the other stories i've read thus far.

"Mr. Costello, Hero
Jun 28, 2013 Sergio rated it liked it
In the early years of the Science Fiction Golden Age, Theodore Sturgeon was doing something unique and unheard of in the mainstream of the genre. Forgoing the focus on hard scifi of his contemporaries, Sturgeon was in some ways looking ahead to the the more expansive and literarily rich work of the 60s and the Science Fiction New Wave of the 70s. In this sense, he had more in common with Ellison, Le Guin, Butler, Dick, and Lem than he did with such contemporaries as Asimov and Heinlein (certainl ...more
Marie Michaels
Feb 05, 2014 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it
There were some I loved and others that left me cold, but on the whole a great collection. Sturgeon is best when he's firing up the imagination and taking the reader in unexpected directions: Bianca's Hands, It, the [Widget], the Golden Helix, the Skills of Xanadu. Even Killdozer was impressive in its detail, although it could have been about a third shorter. There are also some stories that have a keen emotional pay-off: Thunder and Roses, The Man Who Lost the Sea, A Way of Thinking (brrr). But ...more
Marc Goldstein
Feb 04, 2013 Marc Goldstein rated it really liked it
8 “Killdozer”
A long – 70 pages – story about a bulldozer possessed by a demonic force. Really a horror story, rather than SF. Very entertaining, though. A bustling page turner that I never felt bogged down. Not deep or meaningful, but thoroughly enjoyable.

8 “The Man Who Lost the Sea”
A man riffs on childhood memories and near-death experiences. It becomes clear that he has crash landed on mars and is dying. Not much plot, but a poignant, beautifully realized vignette.

9 “Slow Sculpture”
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Oct 01, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of stories. It is great for the span of material ranging from a form of sci-fi discourse on philosophy ( The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff ) to general horror stories (Killdozer and It). I picked this book up because I remember some of his short stories from another anthology, and I have not been disappointed. Sturgeon offers a futuristic look at sci-fi especially compared to some of his contemporaries (eg. Heinlein). His concepts of biology and humanity are still q ...more
Gordon Houghton
Mar 17, 2013 Gordon Houghton rated it liked it
A mixed bag of stories, both SF and mainstream, this collection is testament to Sturgeon's eclectic tastes. For me however, all the quality lay in the first five; once I reached Killdozer the selection went rapidly downhill (excepting the final story, Slow Sculpture, which was excellent). Anyone familiar with his wonderful novel More Than Human will recognise some of the themes here - psychoanalysis, memory, and a mildly pathological obsession with body parts :) - but they are all so different i ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
The first I've read by Sturgeon. There are a few outstanding stories in this collection, and other not so good. I'm going to have to look at some of his longer length stuff.
Mark Robinson
Sep 18, 2015 Mark Robinson rated it it was ok
Sturgeon provides too much description and not enough story. I think he over-describes subjects that he knows well just for his own satisfaction. But those descriptions often don't help the story and usually just bog the reader down in worthless details. I really got tired of it. There are some great ideas and terrific story lines in the collection, but the gems are few.
H.P. Wood
Jan 04, 2016 H.P. Wood rated it it was amazing
I love these stories to a degree that is almost physically painful.
Aug 11, 2014 Michael is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Read Thunder And Roses 8-11-14 - 4 Stars
Apr 23, 2010 Todd rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The two stories that I liked a lot ("Thunder and Roses" and "Golden Helix") were the first two in the book, and both featured extremely "downer" endings. But the rest of the book was full of "WTF"-ish filler. Yes, I'm including "Killdozer!" in that lot. Sorry, a possessed bulldozer is pure SyFy Network C-Grade schlock. 3 out of 5 stars. //TB
Mark Drew
Mar 18, 2015 Mark Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth here - I got this only for the short story "IT", and it was pretty good.
Aug 04, 2011 Javier_fernandez rated it it was ok
Theodore Sturgeon, " It ".

Encajonado + Asustador + Superficial = Demasiado clásico.


Jul 07, 2013 Craig rated it it was ok
Many of the stories are quite good...but this selection includes quite a lot of rather depressing stories.
Daniel DeLappe
Apr 23, 2016 Daniel DeLappe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful writing. Crisp, lyrical stories. Writing does not get much better.
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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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