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The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon

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The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon is a collection of some of the finest works by the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning master storyteller.

Here are unforgettable pieces ranging from great science fiction to the utterly fantastic. Stories like the one about: the man who read graves -- not gravestones, but graves . . . or The Pit, which insured peace on Earth, forever . . . Plus tw
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1977 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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Theodore Sturgeon is famous for what has become known as Sturgeon's Law. 95% of science-fiction, Sturgeon happily admitted, is crap. But so what? 95% of everything is crap. I have always thought Sturgeon's Law was a deep insight into the nature of the universe, and it is in particular one that self-published authors would do well to remember; I am a self-published author myself, so I trust that I am allowed to say this. It follows as a corollary of Sturgeon's Law (I will leave the details to the ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Got this one on an Ebay buying binge. I was looking for cheap old SF paperbacks and got it in a bundle package. I never heard of Sturgeon before but he's comparably well-rated on Goodreads so I had some hopes for these short stories.

The German translation is split up in two parts. I only have the second part called "Tausend Schiffe am Himmel" which contains the last five stories.

The other man: 2*
The idea of modulating personalities sounds interesting but seen from today the story is hampered by
Brian Bowes
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I don't know when I first read these stories by Theodore Sturgeon, but I do know that they've stuck with me through time. I find myself often referring to a story, a concept, or an image from one of these tales as I try to explain a magic moment in every day life. One could say that I have become as Theodore's "Perfect Host."- read the story, then you'll see.
Orin Buck
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revisiting this book of short stories (which on first reading was completely forgettable) I understood better the reputation Sturgeon has as a key author in the Campbell school of SF. My memories of Sturgeon are filled with mutants persecuted in circuses, but this book had action on a galactic scale, and also in the human scale, ending with an idea of what might happen when a scientist decides whether to start the nuclear apocalypse. The first story begins, "And the Sun went nova and humanity fr ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one!
Shelves: books-i-hated
Normally I don't have a problem with early science fiction, but Sturgeon's stuff from the 1940s and 1950s leaves much to be desired. The stories are very chatty, don't flow well and the book has editorial errors here and there which can be distracting.

The story Shottle Bop was disappointing, for example. A guy walks into a shop that's really not there and makes major changes in his life due to a magic potion. However he uses (and was warned not to) use the power for selfish ends. Then he has a
Bob Rust
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon (frontispiece) • interior artwork by Jack Gaughan
From Plynck to Planck • (1962) • essay by Theodore Sturgeon
The Skills of Xanadu • (1956) • novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
There Is No Defense • (1948) • novella by Theodore Sturgeon
The Perfect Host • (1948) • novella by Theodore Sturgeon
The Graveyard Reader • (1958) • shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
The Other Man • (1956) • novella by Theodore Sturgeon
The Sky Was Full of Ships • (1947) • shortstory by Theodore Sturgeo
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I would give 5 stars to some of these stories; but some, including the longest, Maturity, would only get a 2.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Listened to "The Skills of Xanadu".
Norman Howe
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Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Theodore Sturgeon's work was described as brilliant and fantastically imaginative, and I do not disagree. In particular I remember "The Sky was Full of Ships" and "Memorial" from this collection.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, sf
This collection demonstrates the diversity, not only of the authors imagination, but in his scientific knowledge. He is a master of the bizarre and tells a great story too.
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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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