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A Touch of Strange

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'Winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, Theodore Sturgeon has established his reputation as one of the most original and provocative of SF writers.

Here are nine masterpieces of imagination from the period of his finest creativity. Included are "The Pod in the Barrier", "The Other Celia", Affair with a Green Monkey", "The Touch of Your Hand", and more.

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Paperback, 255 pages
Published April 4th 1978 by DAW (first published 1958)
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I read this collection over fifty years ago and The Other Celia has stayed in my mind all these years. What a concept; absolutely unforgettable.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Recently I was lucky enough to find a handful of vintage Theodore Sturgeon collections at a used bookstore near my house. It's taken me some years and wisdom to appreciate Sturgeon's craft at creating a story, but I've finally come around. This collection contains seven stories, all from the 1950's. Standouts, for me, are "Mr. Costellor, Hero" about the politics of fear let loose, "Affair with a Green Monkey" sexual labels and an extra-terrestrial who needs to be shown how to behave like a man,...more
Carol Tensen
Reading A Touch of Strange, I can see why Bradbury and Vonnegut looked up to Sturgeon. His stories are wonderfully original. The characters in "A Touch of Strange" have contact with mythological beings, then the story takes a turn back to the ordinary, and knocks our socks off. Sturgeon was fascinated with morality and amorality; he uses Angel/Policemen to deal with this theme in "It Opens Up the Sky". "Affair With a Green Monkey" would have been a shining addition to The Fiend, Playboy's Magazi...more
I enjoyed this Sturgeon collection very much, cover to cover (more or less). Of the seven short stories contained within, I like six of them VERY much. I was especially wowed by "Mr. Costello, Hero," "The Touch of Your Hand," and "The Other Celia" -- but even the less than superb (in my estimation) stories in this book are full of charm and insight.

While none of the stories in "A Touch of Strange" are as humorous as "Derm Fool" or as full of pathos as "Die, Maestro, Die" (from two other collect...more
Zantaeus Glom
This is my first exposure to the wonderful phantasmagoria of Theodore Sturgeon and it most certainly won't be my last. In fact, as son as I finished reading it I ordered a copy of 'E Pluribus Unicorn'. I don't think it's an exaggeration to state that Mr. Sturgeon is one of the finest practitioners of fantastic fiction; he has the ability to captivate you immediately by dint of his agile, beautiful prose, and then take you on a truly magical etheric-exodus to worlds of meta-mystic strangeness.

Cheryl in CC NV
The man definitely broke new ground. These are more than a 'touch' strange - they are sometimes almost incomprehensible to me. But think - he first published these in the early 50s - providing the giant shoulders for Ellison, Silverberg, Crowley, etc to stand on. Even though I'm rating this only 3 stars, because I have to be honest and admit that I prefer my SF a little more straightforward, I highly recommend it, or at least one of Sturgeon's collections, to fans of SF who want to be aware of t...more
First work of Sturgeon’s that disappointed me. It’s rare to find a collection of short stories without one compelling entry, especially from such a world class author, but here it is, a blah collection of blah stories by Sturgeon.
reminds me much of the alfred hitchock presents magazines i read as a wee lad. some twilight zone-ish careful-what-you-wish-for type stories, but the last few were works of incredible imagination. loved it.

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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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