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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Collected Theodore Sturgeon stories here at last

The stories of Theodore Sturgeon, the man who inspired Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout, are now available in ebook formats.  

Sturgeon was a writer of not only style--even early on (one of my favorite's of his voice is "Poker Face" included in Microcosmic God)--but also of the heart.  Other famous stories in The Ultimate Egotist are "It" and "Bianca's Hands"; in the Microcosmic God are the famous title story (discussed below), "Yesterday Was Monday" and "Shottle Bop."

The first story in The Ultimate Egotist is "Heavy Insurance" is more of a quickie mystery, where a con artist is trying to make off with carbon ice.  Two things stand out in the next, "The Heart":  One, we have a tough-guy-voiced female character who, two, delivers  some good lines:
"In that second I was deathly afraid of her, and that in itself was enough to get me interested."

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