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A Saucer of Loneliness: Volume VII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon [Hardcover]

Theodore Sturgeon , Kurt Vonnegut Jr. , Paul Williams
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Oct. 10 2000 The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (Book 7)
Kurt Vonnegut cites Theodore Sturgeon as the inspiration for his character Kilgore Trout. This volume includes 12 stories from 1953, considered Sturgeon's golden era. Among them are such favorites as the title story, "The Silken-Swift," "A Way of Thinking," "The Dark Room," "The Clinic," and "The World Well Lost," a story very ahead of its time in advocating gay rights.

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"Historically, the Complete Sturgeon is one of the most important reissues in years. In terms of reading, this is a goldmine both for those already familiar with Sturgeon's work and for a new generation of readers ready for something real."—Strange Worlds Magazine"Theodore Sturgeon has become a kind of patron saint of SF short story writers. His fiction demonstrated a love of humanity and an understanding of human emotion unparalleled in the field. At the time of his death in 1985, no short story writer was held in so high a regard."—David Brin, author of Heaven's Reach

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Theodore Sturgeon was born on February 26, 1918 in Staten Island, New York. He died in Eugene, Oregon, on May 8, 1985. A resident of New York City, upstate New York, and Los Angeles, he is the author of more than thirty novels and short story collections.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sturgeon! Dec 4 2000
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I first read Saucer of Loneliness in Sturgeon's E. Pleribus Unicorn. It instantly became my favorite and still is in this new book. Its always a pleasure to read his works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little slice of perfection Sept. 27 2004
By Addison Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard to believe that this is the SEVENTH volume of Ted Sturgeon's collected stories and they are only up to 1953. Why would you want to own such a voluminous set? And why this particular one?

Simply: Sturgeon is one of the most provocative, innovative and beautiful writers in the English language and the title story of this volume alone is worth the price of the book. But once you're beyond one of the arguably greatest stories of the last 51 years, you'll find that Sturgeon has many more wonders in every volume of this series. For example, "Mr Cosell, Hero" is the most thorough demolition of the 1950's Red Scare (and it is set in outer space!). "The Clinic" predates classics like Flowers for Algernon, and gives us an alien perspective to boot.

Sturgeon's writing, as noted in many places, is about love as much as it is about anything. With each new volume, he inspires his readers to share that feeling. You may not end up with the full shelf of his work, but "A Saucer of Loneliness" is one you'll certainly want, need, desire and lust after.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If ANYTHING deserves 5 stars, this is it. Sept. 26 2004
By Vercingetorix - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Saucer of Loneliness" is one of two stories most important in making SF considered a "serious" field (the other being RAH's "Stranger"). Of the two, this certainly isn't the better, but it had more of an effect on me, personally. The end notes in this book note that it talked Spider Robinson, one current major SF writer, out of suicide, and it has more of an emotional effect that that could explain.

The rest of the book is still amazing. The second story has an interesting idea, but sloppy execution. The following, "The World Well Lost," literally made me fall out of my chair laughing, and includes the RS drive, which might be the most creative invention I've seen in years. Much farther on, with "The Clinic," you see the same type of emotional depth as you did in "Saucer," presented almost as well. Any one of those stories alone is worth the price of the novel.

For continuing fun after you've read it two or three times, I occasionally repeat parts of the "Koala" conversation out of "Wages of Synergy" without context. It makes my day to break up a serious revelation with "Koala..." "What does that mean?" "It means a great deal..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sturgeon! Dec 4 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read Saucer of Loneliness in Sturgeon's E. Pleribus Unicorn. It instantly became my favorite and still is in this new book. Its always a pleasure to read his works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful April 7 2014
By Cookie Kaufman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Theodore Sturgeon wrote some of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I am currently re-reading this collection. The Silken-Swift is the best of this volume.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this story Oct. 25 2013
By Joseph H. Neipp - Published on Amazon.com
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Ted Sturgeon writes to your heart .he knows tbe depths of the human soul and combines his message with wonderous fantasy .
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