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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"The Man Who Lost the Sea" by Theodore Sturgeon

Available in this collection
and online at Strange Horizons.

Nominated for a Hugo award
Reprinted in

  • Best American Short Stories
  • 5th Annual of the Year’s Best S-F, ed. Judith Merril
  • Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series, ed. Robert P. Mills
  • Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces, ed. Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg
  • World Treasury of Science Fiction, ed. David G. Hartwell
  • Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories: 21 (1959), ed. Isaac Asimov & Martin H. Greenberg
  • A Century of Science Fiction 1950-1959, ed. Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg

Summary/Discussion (of entire story):
This narrative feels confused--third person, then second with some unnamed narrator, advising--until you learn this character has crash landed on Mars and is semi-delusional.  He believes he is stranded on a beach... No, he is a boy talking to boring man who looks like he is from Mars.  He realizes by his footprints that he's alone on the sands of Mars, alone.  Despite his inexorable demise, he cheers, "God, we made it!"

Ironic title as he gained something more.

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