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Rmouth · nv Amazing Feb ’47 138 · Shadow Shadow on the Wall · ss Imagination Feb ’51 149 · Twink · ss Galaxy Aug ’55. Stephen King recommended book Noted as important to the genre we have been discussing from Danse Macabre published in 1981

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Contents1 · Bright Segment · nv 28 · Microcosmic God · nv Astounding Apr ’41 59 · Ghost of a Chance “The Green Eyed Mo. A good collection of short stories by Theodore Sturgeon the real life prototype for Vonnegut s Kilgore Trout I have never discovered what Sturgeon thought about the joke He seems to have been a nice guy so maybe he took it in good partThe story I liked best was the first one Bright Segment which isn t science fiction at all The protagonist a mentally subnormal janitor finds an attractive young woman lying in front of his house She s apparently been sliced up and left to bleed to death He brings her in and nurses her back to life He has a lot of practical skills and the process is described in great detail from his perspective We fix he murmurs as he patches her up He s happyShe s very grateful it s a long time since anyone s been nice to her She s smart and street wise It transpires that she tried to double cross someone in a drug deal she tries to explain to him what happened he doesn t understand One night she offers him sex He isn t interested or even clear about what she s offering She s sad He doesn t know why and tries clumsily to comfort herOne day she says she has to leave She s uite healed she can t stay for ever He s desolated He ll have no reason to live any She feels terrible about it He holds out his arms for a farewell embrace She runs towards him and doesn t see what he s holding in his hand He crashes the heavy flat iron into the back of her headAs she lies bleeding on the floor he gets out his things We fix he says happilyI ve always thought that this simple and unpretentious story makes a certain point about relationships better than many far ambitious works of literature Fire and Desire up and left to bleed to death He brings her in and nurses her back to life He has a lot of practical skills and the process is described in great detail from his perspective We fix he murmurs as he patches her The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox up He s happyShe s very grateful it s a long time since anyone s been nice to her She s smart and street wise It transpires that she tried to double cross someone in a drug deal she tries to explain to him what happened he doesn t The Illusionists understand One night she offers him sex He isn t interested or even clear about what she s offering She s sad He doesn t know why and tries clumsily to comfort herOne day she says she has to leave She s Planet of the Bugs uite healed she can t stay for ever He s desolated He ll have no reason to live any She feels terrible about it He holds out his arms for a farewell embrace She runs towards him and doesn t see what he s holding in his hand He crashes the heavy flat iron into the back of her headAs she lies bleeding on the floor he gets out his things We fix he says happilyI ve always thought that this simple and Fishes of the Open Ocean unpretentious story makes a certain point about relationships better than many far ambitious works of literature

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Nster” · ss Unknown Jun ’43 77 · Prodigy · ss Astounding Apr ’49 89 · Medusa · nv Astounding Feb ’42 112 · Blabbe. No there was no one better than Sturgeon in 50s SFfantasy not even Bradbury Bright Segment the lead story could make anyone s bones ache not because it s a crafted SF tale but because it s so frighteningly human


10 thoughts on “Caviar by Theodore Sturgeon

  1. says:

    A good collection of short stories by Theodore Sturgeon the real life prototype for Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout I have never discovered what Sturgeon thought about the joke He seems to have been a nice guy so maybe he took it in good partThe story I liked best was the first one Bright Segment which isn't science fiction at

  2. says:

    Suffers from a certain amount of dated ness they’re from the ‘40s and ‘50s that is characteristic of golden age sf There is nothing prophetic in any of the stories Gender roles are strictly stereotyped and therefore romance is mostly comical by today’s norms One story is set in the distant future of 1973 The non sf stories remain the most entertainingI do have to mention that The Cosmic God in spite of its absurdity and

  3. says:

    This is a review in progress which means that I will post short reviews of each story as I read them I don't tend to read a whole s

  4. says:

    Each story has its own appeal Some charm some terrify some impress It does help to be a fan of older classic SF and willing to put up with a few scientific anachronisms and a bit of sexism These aren't one note adventures for teen boys or gimmick 'Twilight Zone' episodes but full on stories for both male and female adults and will be enjoyed if read with careTwink especially is interesting I note one GR reviewer said it was one the very be

  5. says:

    This book was my long overdue introduction to Theodore Sturgeon’s short fiction At first I was non plussed The first story “Bright Segment” is a somewhat dull though still slightly terrifying story of an autistic man taking care of a woman who has just survived a stabbing whether she wants it or not But from here on though the stories

  6. says:

    No there was no one better than Sturgeon in '50s SFfantasy not even Bradbury Bright Segment the lead story could make anyone's bones ache not because it's a crafted SF tale but because it's so frighteningly human

  7. says:

    Stephen King recommended book Noted as important to the genre we have been discussing from Danse Macabre published in 1981

  8. says:

    This 11 page short story by Theodore Sturgeon first appeared in the February 1951 issue of Imagination magazineIn 1965 this short story was re printed in Alfred Hitchcock'sMonster MuseumI know there is a group of people out there whoreally love Theodore Sturgeon's writing I am not among that group of people However this is one sto

  9. says:

    Sturgeon has proved himself a top tier and I mean top top fantasist among his other hard science fiction accolades and I'm so excited to explore his extensive short fiction oeuvre His work is my current obsession and I imagine it will be for some time Known to be one of the early pioneers to introduce high literary themes into speculative fiction Sturgeon's humanistic themes shine through in this wonderful collection 55

  10. says:

    Accessible engaging most enjoyable; and considering their age these tales still stand very well indeed testimony to Sturgeon's ability All bar the first have fantastic elements with considerable variation in tone and subject matter though as was fashionable for the time Mind Powers feature often A fairly slight collection that if

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