Microcosmic God: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

Microcosmic God: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

by Theodore Sturgeon
     
 

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In addition to the title story, which was voted one of the five greatest SF stories of all time, this collection includes such Theodore Sturgeon classics as "Cargo" and "Yesterday Was Monday".

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In addition to the title story, which was voted one of the five greatest SF stories of all time, this collection includes such Theodore Sturgeon classics as "Cargo" and "Yesterday Was Monday".

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
Samuel R. Delany notes in his excellent foreword here that Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985) is the master of near-future science fiction-a contention backed by the stories in this second volume (following The Ultimate Egoist) of a projected 10-volume series presenting all of Sturgeon's short fiction. There are some dated references in these tales, written in 1940 and 1941-a ``twelve-dollar French meal,'' ``an automobile mechanic [who makes] $23 a week''-but only a few of the stories (such as ``Two Percent Inspiration'' in which the planet Mercury has a breathable atmosphere) seem merely quaint. The title tale, which reveals the symbiosis between an inventor and the community of microscopic beings he creates, is perhaps Sturgeon's best remembered. But it is stories such as ``The Golden Egg,'' ``The Anonymous'' and ``Shottle Bop'' that reveal the author's attention to the finer nuances of being human. Even the weakest entries here display Sturgeon's curiosity and refusal to write stock entertainment. The range of this volume-which ends at Sturgeon's first major writing block-is prodigious, and that the author produced such epiphaniac work as ``The Golden Egg'' and the title tale before his 24th birthday is cause for amazement. Everyone interested in SF's potential as abiding literature should cherish this volume. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
 “Historically, the Complete Sturgeon is one of the most important reissues in years. In terms of reading, this is a gold mine both for those already familiar with Sturgeon's work and for a new generation of readers ready for something real.”
Strange Worlds Magazine

 “Theodore Sturgeon has become a kind of patron saint of SF short story writers. His fiction demonstrated a love of humanity and an understanding of human emotion unparalleled in the field. At the time of his death in 1985, no short story writer was held in such high regard.”
—David Brin, author of Heaven's Reach

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556433016
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Sturgeon was born on February 26, 1918, in Staten Island, New York. He died in Eugene, Oregon, on May 8, 1985. A resident of New York City, upstate New York, and Los Angeles, he is the author of more than thirty novels and short story collections.

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