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This is Volume VI of Sturgeon's short stories. Most of these are close to novella length. Sturgeon was one of the great, classic writers of mid-century science fiction, and these are fine examples of his craft. In these stories, he chews over his ideas of what humans might be capable of in terms of interpersonal relationships. What if we formed triads instead of couples? What if several individuals, each with unique abilities, were joined together into one vast meta-being, coordinated by a central mind? The tone may seem dated at times - often resembling the hard-bitten prose of tough-guy detective stories of the same era. (Indeed, one of the tales in this book is both science fiction and detective story.) Interesting ideas, presented in a time when ideas weren't supposed to be interesting (the Fifties were a tough time for imagination). Give them a read.
Theodore Sturgeon is in a class by himself; "science fiction" doesn't do him justice. He is also a master of psychological fiction with his firm grip on the human condition. 5 stars for the author, but I give this Kindle version 3 stars. For $9.99 I expected a book without typos and missing end-quotes and other annoying errors. The publisher responsible needs an editor!
Ted Sturgeon was a nudist, a wild man, a tortured soul who reinvented himself and turned around to help the rest of us reinvent ourselves. It's a pleasure to watch his mind work, and a pleasure to see his stories still running wild and free without him. But his stories may upset you and make you wonder about things you've always taken for granted. His were the real dangerous visions, and his tears are mixed into his work. Reading Sturgeon is like grabbing a live wire, except being shocked never made me bellow with laughter.