The Man Who Lost the Sea: Volume X: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

By Theodore Sturgeon

Through the winner of the Hugo, the Nebula, and the area fable lifestyles success Awards, this most recent quantity reveals Theodore Sturgeon in advantageous shape as he profits popularity for the 1st time as a literary brief tale author. Written among 1957 and 1960, whilst Sturgeon and his kinfolk lived in either the United States and Grenada, eventually settling in Woodstock, long island, those tales replicate his expanding choice for psychology over ray weapons. tales akin to "The guy Who instructed Lies," "A contact of Strange," and "It Opens the Sky" convey impacts as assorted as William Faulkner and John Dos Passos. regularly involved with the zeitgeist, Sturgeon takes at the Russian Sputnik launches of 1957 with "The guy Who misplaced the Sea," switching the scene to Mars and injecting his trademark mordancy and vibrant wordplay into the complaints. those mature tales additionally do not stint at the scares, as "The Graveyard Reader"—one of Boris Karloff's favourite stories—shows. Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem's foreword smartly summarizes Sturgeon's substantial fulfillment the following.

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