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As usual, any Sturgeon collection, by definition, is an excellent collection. The title story is one of his best. Also among my favorites are "Affair With A Green Monkey", "Won't You Walk...?", "The Skills Of Xanadu", and the less frequently anthologized "Fear Is A Business". Six of these stories are absolutely new to me, and I look forward with great pleasure to re-re-reading them. The Foreword by David G. Hartwell and the Story Notes by Paul Williams add interesting dimensions to Sturgeon's writing. The ONLY sour note is the egregiously bad proofreading, which is not confined to this book only (I'm working my way through Volume 5, and this one too needs more red ink). But if you are a Sturgeon fan, run, don't walk, to Amazon and buy all 13? volumes of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon.
I first read the title story in 1973. I was in high school, preparing to enter the military, and debating many great questions about the Universe and Life. "And Now The News" spoke to me on many different levels. It shaped what I chose to do in the service; become a paramedic. How I dealt with the sick and injured was informed by the character of the psychologist; arrogance and ego have no place in medicine. How we perceive each other and the world around us.
The other stories, for the most part, are a joy. Some, I hadn't read until this collection. The rest were like old friends you'd like to sit by a fire with and share a fine bourbon.
Theodore Sturgeon and his works are a treasure, not to be lightly regarded or forgotten easily.
Recommended to anyone who likes great stories as told by a master.
Each volume just gets better and better. Sturgeon may well have been the best American short story writer of the 20th Century and this volume showcases some of his most powerful tales. If you enjoy great writing and stories that can literally change your life--then get this book (and the previous 8 volumes as well). You'll never be sorry you did.