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E Pluribus Unicorn

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Contents:

· The Silken-Swift · nv F&SF Nov ’53
· The Professor’s Teddy-Bear · ss Weird Tales Mar ’48
· Bianca’s Hands · ss Argosy (UK) May ’47
· Saucer of Loneliness · ss Galaxy Feb ’53
· The World Well Lost · ss Universe Jun ’53
· It Wasn’t Syzygy [“The Deadly Ratio”] · nv Weird Tales Jan ’48
· The Music · vi *
· Scars · ss Zane Grey’s Western Magazine May
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Mass Market Paperback, 211 pages
Published November 2nd 1979 by Pocket Books (first published 1953)
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Althea Ann
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Essay on Sturgeon" by Groff Conklin - Who is this guy and why on
earth did he write this introduction? It’s terrible. Complete with
gratuitous references to Sturgeon’s “lovely wife.” Thank goodness I’d
already read Sturgeon, or this intro might have turned me off…

"The Silken-Swift" - This is the story that justifies the cover art. I wouldn't say that the cover is really very indicative of the overall content of the book; but this is, technically, a fairy-tale, with a
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Mely
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Sturgeon I ever bought and the second I ever read. (The first was the short story "The Silken Swift" from Unicorns, also collected here.) I got in Toys R Us. Does Toys R Us still sell books? I think they stopped even before I got too old for it to be a good place to get me presents, and even before then their book selection had declined into innumberable "updated" Nancy Drew books. (I preferred bookstores anyway.)

Um! Anyway! "The Professor's Teddy Bear" and "Bianca's Hands"
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James
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
OUTSTANDING! For years, "e pluribus unicorn" was the entire universe of Theodore Sturgeon, so far as I knew... Mind you, I was very happy in that limited knowledge -- and yet I NEVER, for many, many years, got around to finishing the book (I've a spotty history with giving books the time they deserve, generally and in particular).

Instead, over those years, I simply returned, again and again to the cherished favorites within this 13-story collection -- which I LOVED as much as any short stories
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Min
Aug 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book contains the following short stories: The Silken Swift; The Professor's Teddy-Bear; Bianca's Hands; A Saucer of Loneliness; The World Well Lost; It Wasn't Syzygy; The Music; Scars; Fluffy; The Sex Opposite; Die, Maestro, Die!; Cellmate; and A Way of Thinking.
Interesting, imaginative, and often disturbing, this collection of shorts by Sturgeon is perhaps one of the best I've read.
Alan
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who wonder where sf came from, and just where it could go
Recommended to Alan by: Daniel, this time
Sturgeon's Law (heavily paraphrased):
90% of science fiction is crud. But then, 90% of everything is crud.
This stuff is in the other 10%.

Theodore Sturgeon was one of the most influential and prolific fabulists of the mid-20th Century. In an era when most writers of speculative fiction (by which I mean to encompass fantasy, horror, science-fiction, magical realism, slipstre
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Zantaeus Glom
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second collection of Sturgeon short stories I have read thus far, and it most certainly will not be the last; since the man is a dashed literary miracle! His boundless talent and unfettered imagination renders much written today to little more than mediocre fan fiction.

I always find Theodore Sturgeon to be a great stylist of the short story form, and many of the heady tales in this magnificent collection of giddy phantasmagoria are tinged with dark genius! I can heartily recommend '
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Deb
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a creepy and disturbing mix of Sci-fi and horror stories! I say this in a good way. I took this book on vacation with me and found myself snatched from the peace and quiet of the northwoods and into the strange "worlds of mystery and monsters, terror and ethereal love, sudden death and miraculous life, jet-propelled shivers and humor". I enjoyed most of the 13 short stories that were created by Theodore Sturgeon's vivid imagination. Some stories felt a bit like Stephen King melded with Rod ...more
charlotte Phillips
oh man. This guy has to be one of the most amazing sci-fi writers I’ve ever read. This is a book of his short stories, and I need to find more of his writing. One of my favorite things to think about was a description of a guy whose thinking process was a little bit different. A girl who he broke up with threw a fan at him. Most people would throw the fan back at the girl. He threw the girl at the fan... So good.
Kerry
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably more like a "3" in the grand scheme of things, but short fiction doesn't always work for me, but this DID, so it gets a four.

Creepy stories! Not so much science fiction. But still interesting. And beautiful in many places. This dude has a real way with words (which I do not, obvs, I can't believe I just used that phrase,) which I was not expecting from a famous science fiction author.

I shall seek out more Theodore Sturgeon.
jobiwan6
I fell in love with the person who gave me "Saucer of Loneliness" to read. Lived with him 13 years, till he died. I still cry when I read the end.
Jacquie South
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some bizzare stories in this collection ... but the poem in 'The Saucer of Loneliness' just touches you.
Faileth
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. A book of short stories, and they truly are amazing. Mostly disturbing, so know that up front. But absolutely fantastic!
Dixie Conley
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read "A Saucer of Loneliness". The problem begins when no reply comes.
Geneva
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hey! This was pretty great! Largely solid fantastical (often dark, sometimes verging on weird tales) stories that ALSO managed to avoid being steeped in racism and misogyny! Usually I have to look the other way, at least a little bit, if I'm going to have any chance of enjoying science fiction and fantasy from the seventies, but this one was fine!

As with all collections of short stories, some were amazing, some were lackluster and most were at least okay, but Sturgeon is a strong wri
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Tachzusamm
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that most impressed me.
Do you remember stories that just burned into your mind, so you would never forget them? This book contains such stories.
Sturgeon developed an art of telling which is amazing in my opinion; nothing ever compared to it.
The wording and phrases went deep under my skin; mostly simple sentences which describe a situation just perfectly, but always without a kitchy touch.
Theral Mackey
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default
Worth reading just for Fluffy
Stephen Poltz
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sturgeon is a master writer. There’s something about his prose that is truly remarkable without being distracting to the plot. “E Pluribus Unicorn” is a collection of short stories that are mostly horror, with a little SF and Fantasy thrown in. Each story is incredibly imaginative and so well written, it’s difficult to move on to the next story without taking a break.

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Sturgeon is a master writer. There’s something about his prose that is truly remarkable without being distracting to the plot. “E Pluribus Unicorn” is a collection of short stories that are mostly horror, with a little SF and Fantasy thrown in. Each story is incredibly imaginative and so well written, it’s difficult to move on to the next story without taking a break.

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Robin Hobb
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This collection has been on my shelves so long. The edition I've marked here is not the one I have, but what does the cover matter when the stories inside are by Theodore Sturgeon? This is how short stories are supposed to be written.
Ricotn
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I couldn't have been much more than 10 when I read these stories. "the Professor's Teddy Bear" and "Bianca's Hands" were frightening tales that were probably the inspiration for a few of my worst nightmares. I'd love to find this book again. It was lost long ago.
Ali
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I like Sturgeon's writing style but this book of short stories is not quite there. I had difficulties finishing most of the stories. Mostly because they had rather long development for a short story and weak endings.
Derek Davis
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another wonder of Sturgeon's short stories. Was this man good? He was superb.
Keith Davis
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic collection of short fiction from Theodore Sturgeon. Some of it is Fantasy, some Horror, a little Science Fiction, and even one about a musically obsessed murderer.
Meg
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and effortless like everything Sturgeon.
Isblue
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Excellent collection of Sturgeon's short stories.
Erick
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could write like Sturgeon.

Every sentences offers the reader a new possibility. A new hope. A new dream.

Without a doubt my favorite.
Scott Golden
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best collection by one of the best Science fiction
short-story writers of all time.
Timothy Kelley
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED Saucer of Loneliness.
Aaron
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection, each story is a winner. Yet, none of the stories stood out as an example of absolute perfection. Just consistent quality.
Charles
Aug 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I've often felt like I should like Sturgeon better than I do but I'm just not a big fan. The book wasn't bad but it didn't light my fire. And I've never sought out anything else by Sturgeon.
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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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