The Ultimate Egoist: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

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The Ultimate Egoist, the first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, contains the late author's earliest work, written from 1937 to 1940. Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, all contributors of laudatory forewords. The more than forty stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henry-ish ...
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The Ultimate Egoist: Volume I: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

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Overview

The Ultimate Egoist, the first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, contains the late author's earliest work, written from 1937 to 1940. Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, all contributors of laudatory forewords. The more than forty stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henry-ish plot twists, sparkling character development, and archetypal “why didn't I think of that?” story ideas. Early Sturgeon masterpieces include “It,” about the violence done by a creature spontaneously born from garbage and mud, and “Helix the Cat,” about an inventor's bizarre encounter with a disembodied soul and the cat that saves it. Sturgeon's unique genius is timelessly entertaining.
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 “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
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Sturgeon was one of the all-time masters of the SF short story, so this first volume in a planned multivolume project to bring many of his classic tales back into print is long overdue. Some of the stories here, in fact, have never been published before. But the decision to arrange them in fairly strict chronological order diminishes the effect of this first volume, which consists mainly of non-SF pieces written for newspaper syndication between 1938 and 1940. They are brief and, on the whole, uninspired, though they display a level of craft uncommon even in today's writing-for-hire market, and some startlingly fine imagery. One of the few major stories that appear here is "Bianca's Hands," a creepy, perverse horror tale about an imbecilic child that offended most editors at the time (it took Sturgeon eight years to sell it). Another outstanding entry is "It," an effective and moody tale that inspired later comics writers to create the Swamp Thing, the Hulk and the Man Thing. Several other early stories retain some interest-"Ether Breather," "Helix the Cat," "He Shuttles,"-and Williams's extensive notes make this volume a must for Sturgeon fans. Readers will have to await future volumes to discover Sturgeon in top form, however.
Carl Hays
With cyberpunk and high-tech action novels now the fashion in science fiction, the works of golden age sf veteran Sturgeon are rapidly falling out of print. To offset this situation, Paul Williams (yes, the rock journalist) is editing an edition of Sturgeon's stories in several volumes. The first contains the late author's earliest work, written from 1937 to 1940. Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original sf stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, each of whom contributes a laudatory foreword. The more than 40 stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henryish plot twists, sparkling character development, and almost archetypal, why-didn't-I-think-of-that? story ideas. Early Sturgeon masterpieces include "It," about the violence done by a creature spontaneously born from garbage and mud, and "Helix the Cat," about an inventor's bizarre encounter with a disembodied soul and the cat that saves it. Sturgeon's unique genius is timelessly entertaining.
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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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