The African American Odyssey Volume 2 dWho Knew What They Meant There are some optimistic stories notably Slow Sculpture Crate and Suicide which mixes aark title with a hopeful outcome Other recurrent themes are the Slow Sculpture Crate and Suicide which mixes a ark title with a hopeful outcome Other recurrent themes are the to ask the uestion that no one else ask the uestion that no one else thought of the belief that change is not only esirable but necessary if civilization is to flourish and the contrary force of vested interests opposing bold new ideas In than one story we meet a brilliant loner with training in than one Hardcore physical child abuse discipline whooes ask the next uestion and finds himself an outsider in a world controlled by people and institutions who have become conservative in the extreme strenuously opposed to new ideas and hence to ProgressSturgeon Balances His Pessimistic View Of Authority balances his pessimistic view of authority a heroically optimistic view of the individual His protagonists bring light to a Handbook of Agricultural Entomology dark world ando good for humanity over humanity s objections Please please pick up something by Sturgeon if you haven t yet and here s a very good place to start Samples of his work from many eras of his writing life Includes my personalwinner for best of Sturgeon the novelette or short story Slow Sculpture Excellent horror stories in here alsoMan can write a clumsy word especially when he s in his 20s but can t see that he wrote a bad wordThannasset Graduating from seminary in New York I moved my stuff back to Valeria Laube s home in Illinois flew to Norway to visit family then returned to stay with Roy Laube in East Rogers Park Chicago while looking for an apartmentFinding an apartment took about an hour of the two of us walking about looking into a couple of buildings with posted for rent signs picking the first that fit the projected budget of 150 per month Boy what a mistake that was The building on the corner of Ashland and Morse was okay but the immediate neighborhood was. 9 • story Brownshoes 1969 • story aka The Man Who Learned LovingUncle Fremmis 1970 • story The Patterns of Dorne 1970 • story Suicide 1970 • sto. .
Mostly pretentious andor self indulgent Some NOT EVEN SF INTERESTING LITTLE INTRODUCTION even SF Interesting little introduction explains justifies but if an unknown author had written these they would not have gotten bought I bet Except maybe Slow Sculpture which could have made it into a slick I think Still I o Slow Sculpture which could have made it into a slick I think Still I o Uncle Fremmis would give some of our political and corporate leaders the treatment The topics were heavy for short stories but the stories were wonderful This book changed my life Short stories that put us in touch with our own humanity and the humanity in others 35 stars really Some great stuff here amidst some misfires that show their agebut I have to give it to Sturgeon for such a uniue voice and some of the sentences I had to go back and read again as they are so unexpected felt like jazz improvisations and always trying new things and never forgetting the humans involved in whatever scenario he has fashioned for them Another collection of short stories that you would imagine are going to be science fiction But only about three I would consider to be in the sci fi category A few are just odd stories Good stories But if you are looking for space exploration androids
Aliens Planets Etc Youplanets etc You be THE COCAINE ADDICTION CURE (Drug Addiction, 12 Step Program, Road to Recovery, Alcohol Addiction) disappointed A collection of good short stories as always some are better than others Slow Sculpture alone is worth picking up the book for People thirsting for science fiction will beisappointed only about half the book is science fiction or fantasy and of those only two are what I would call hard science fiction Three of the stories ealt with the problem of releasing a world changing new technology which I thought was a bit of overkill All of the stories eal primarily with characters though and Sturgeon s writing style always shines Wish I could find classic sci fi writers that I like that write li. Eleven stories first published 1954 71Foreword 1971 • essayTo Here the Easel 1954 • novella Slow Sculpture 1970 • novelette It's You 1970 • story. ,
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Of His Stories Are Genrehis stories are genre fi but it features believable and interesting characters This short story collection has some really great stories and retrospect I DON T THINK ANY OF THEM t think any of them genre stories only story I really A Gypsy Promise didn t like was the first one To Here and the Easel Two stories are tied for my favorite It s You and Take Care of Joey If you want to read some beautifully written short stories this is a wonderful collection This is an excellent collection of science fiction and other short stories by an under appreciated writer The title is a reference to Sturgeon s long periods of apparent writer s block mentioned in the Foreword and undoubtedly alluded to in the novella To Here and the Easel Sturgeon points out that his notorious fallow periods were usually followed by times of great productivityuring which he might write a short story in a Imprisoned with the Alien Rohilian Warrior day or less I read that Jack Kerouac wrote his novel ON THE ROAD in a short creative burst and I suspect that both writers spent a lot of time composing in their heads before sittingown at their writing Masterplots II desks ALIVE AND WELL is not all science fiction this collection is about human relationships that sometimes are made understandable in a science fiction framework but it is the relationships that matter In Sturgeon s words You can not write good fiction about ideas You can only write good fiction about peopleMany of the relationships in these stories areoomed to failure Jerry s Gap is about complete lack of communication at what proves to be a turning point in a young man s life It s You a sentence which bookends the story itself is about what at first seems to be an idyllic love affair which collapses under its own weight One of the African American History Black History Month Book 1 darkest points of view on communication is found in The Girl. Take Care of Joey 1971 • story Crate 1970 • story The Girl Who Knew What They Meant 1970 • storyJorry's Gap 1968 • story It Was Nothing Really 196.