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E s still peaking That means pretty much every story has something to ffer although the tried and true SF seems to be in the minority this time ut A number f them are actually straight mystery stories some in collaboration and Our Planet: Our Home only prove that he could have been a crackling mystery writer if he had decided to focusn that instead Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of all the stuff with aliens The Half Way Tree Murder and Dead Dames Don t Dial have their moments with the former reading like an attempt at a Graeme Greene story Meanwhile The Waiting Thing Inside is anotherff kilter Western not as good as the ne in the last volume I thought and The Deadly Innocent is a strange tale told mostly through letters f another writer going ut f her mind That ne is confusing but has a sense f wanting to tinker with form that I appreciated Sometimes the most interesting Sturgeon moments can be found in these little side alleys where he tries a trick that doesn t work a hundred percent but lifts the story ut f something that could have been mundaneIn ther places he uses SF as a backdrop for probing at relationships either between two people The Claustrophile r between a person and the truth Fear is a Business ne that would probably go down as the hardest hitting story in the collection if not for And Now the News showcasing his knack for grounding even the most utlandish stuff in the sense that we re dealing with real people Even the totally wacky stuff has its moments like the truly bizarre The Girl Had Guts which again feels like something Cordwainer Smith would have gone somewhere unbearably dark with A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) or The Other Celia The latter isne f his most effective stories dealing with a deeply strange incident between two people who never meet where the strangeness is never really explained and the reaction to it says as much about the characters despite them never conversingWe close ut with two ther straight SF tales Affair With a Green Monkey seems to deal with both aliens with a sly hint at touching upon transgender issues but mostly throws a spanner in a stable relationship between two people just to see what would happen and its that interplay that makes the story stand ut green monkey metaphor and everything Its also another In the End one that seems to endn a weird downbeat note although here it seems right The final story The Pod in the Barrier is another tale where it seems like Sturgeon is setting his characters n a stage and letting them improvise their roles as he depicts attempts to get through a barrier with increasingly failed efforts He leaves room for both science and misfits and wraps it up with ne f. S most creative period these tales show why Sturgeon won every science fiction award givenWon't You WalkNew York VignetteThe Half Way Tree MurderThe Skills f XanaduThe ClaustrophileDead Dames Don't Di.
A lot f times with this series the implication seems to be that the title story is either the most well known r simply the best story ut f the set with most f the time the former ften definitely true and the latter mostly true As you can imagine from anyone who warrants a series The Age of Treachery of volumes that number into the double digits Sturgeon wrote a lotf stories and the collections have pretty much a fair scattering f gems along with decent readable fareThis time though the title story ranks so high ver everything else that it really isn t fair Most everything here is above average good but And Now the News was the The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy only story that really hit me suare in the gut and felt like a story that could have still been written today Basically a gift from Robert Heinlein apparently the tale goes that during a period where the writer s block was really having its way with him he wrote to Heinlein asking for advice to which the man responded by giving him a few pagesf ideas some merely sketches and some a bit fleshed Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite out Twof those stories make it into this collection and apparently Heinlein s synopsis for this story was so detailed that he could have almost snagged a co writer credit if he had done anything besides the general plotting But its an amazing effort probably the first time for me where it felt like Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) onef Sturgeon s characters really pays the price for trying to live in this world and be a part f it It focuses n a man named Maclyle who follows the news so religiously that it becomes a bit When a Man Loves a Woman of anbsession and eventually the grand parade f bad news starts to drain the life ut Keep From Falling of him until he finds himself unable to communicate properly any Its a grim depictionf a media saturated culture and what a constant barrage Catalogue the Insanity of it might do to us that probably felt chilling when it was written in the fifties and comes across as eerily prescient nowadays whereur increased ability to be connected to information instantly Blessed Homecoming only seems to drive us further apart from eachther It proceeds like any Shrek other Sturgeon story but what sets it apart for me is the final reaction to all this and how strangely bitter it all feels like its accepting that this is thenly proper way to act in a world like urs and that the nly Look Alikes Jr. options are to let this world gradually disintegrate you so you have no choice but to withdraw entirelyr stay a part f it but be driven to drastic measures Its uietly shocking and like nothing else I ve read from him so farThat said there are ther stories in the book and if you ve been following the series then you know we re still in his peak period as a writer and well Written between 1955 and 1957 the 15 stories in And Now the News include five previously uncollected stories along with five well known works two cowritten with genre legend Robert Heinlein Spanning hi.
His most compassionate endings Its a nice way to end this collection and further proof that he was moving from strength to strength during this time period Again there s a wide variety here and people looking for Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin only the good SF stuff are probably going to want to pick up thelder non complete collections but no matter the genre each story feels like him and that s as good as any writer can ask for Kurt Vonnegut was greatly influenced by Theodore Sturgeon whose stories exhibit a grandiose range Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of styles You can read his compiled works in And Now the News Complete Storiesf Theodore Sturgeon edited by Paul Williams My delight with this collection was spoiled by a couple He Remembers the Barren of grimmer unpleasant pieces The Deadly Innocent And Now the News The Girl Had Guts The Other Celia Interestingly according to Paul Williams s notes somef these have been hailed by critics as Sturgeon s major stories And Now the News may well The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf offerne Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis of the earliest warnings about the neurotic effectsf media Probably something to do with people s perennial fascination with their darker sidesOn a brighter note The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives one great assetf Sturgeon s writing that I haven t mentioned so far is its sheer diversity Here we have a letter to a newspaper complaining about the author s inability to provide a story and thereby telling the story a Western with psychologically warped characters a police procedural a first contact story a space Let the Wolf Howl opera with a twist a cosmic clash betweenpposing modes The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of government and thinking a psychological profilef those fittest to explore space a psychological profile f those trying to compartmentalize space into Earth grown boxesand so nMy notes as I read are here this anthology f classic sci fi is so rich I wanted to read just ne short story at a time free as an e book from my library I had to rush to finish before it expired a great variety f space tech and psychological plots with thought provoking plots rivals heinlin asimov r Bradbury collections And Now the News is absolutely my favorite sci fi short story Homesick of all time NOT for the ending which I refuse to spoil for you but becausef the protagonist s attempt to free himself from the modern world armed with little but a couple sacks A Criminal Affair of rice flour perhaps some bacon some paints and a flugelhorn like instrument Out there in the boonies these days he d drop his internet service he gets really really into himself after spending an entire life as a newspaper junkie Does this sound familiar to anyf you As I said I would not dare spoil the ending but there s plenty like him always popping up in the news every day it would seem. AlFear Is a BusinessThe Other ManThe Waiting Thing Inside with Don WardThe Deadly Innocent with Don WardAnd Now the NewsThe Girl Had GutsThe Other CeliaAffair With a Green MonkeyThe Pod and the Barrier.
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Summary And Now the News
Theodore Sturgeon 1918–1985 is considered one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy The author of numerous acclaimed short stories and novels among them the classics More Than Human Venus Plus X and To Marry Medusa Sturgeon also wrote for television and holds among his credits two episodes of the original 1960s Star Trek series for which he created the Vulcan m