Sturgeon Is Alive and Well E–pub Free
Mostly pretentious andor self indulgent Some not even SF Interesting ittle introduction that
justifies but if an unknown 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 do wish Uncle Fremmis would give some of our political and corporate Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health leaders the treatment The topics were heavy for short stories but the stories were wonderful This book changed myife Short stories that put us in touch with our own humanity and the humanity in othersEXPLAINS JUSTIFIES BUT IF AN UNKNOWN
35 Stars Really Somestars really Some 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 ike 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 ooking for space exploration androids aliens planets etc You will be 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 be disappointed 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 dealt with the problem of releasing a world changing new technology which I thought was a bit of overkill All of the stories deal primarily with characters though and Sturgeon s Writing Style Always Shines Wish style always shines Wish could find classic sci fi writers that I Cause Of Fear like that writeike Sturgeon Imagine this the majority of his stories are genre sci fi but it features believable and interesting characters This short story collection has some really great stories and in retrospect I don t think any of them are genre stories The only story I really didn t ike was the first one To Here and the Easel Two stories. Eleven stories first published 1954 71Foreword 1971 • essayTo Here the Easel 1954 • novella Slow Sculpture 1970 • novelette It's You 1970 • story. ,
SUMMARY Sturgeon Is Alive and WellHence to progressSturgeon balances his pessimistic view of authority
with a heroically optimistic view of the individual His protagonists bring ight to a dark world and do gooda heroically optimistic view of the individual His protagonists bring ight to a dark world and do good 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 ife 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 ooking for an apartmentFinding an apartment took about an hour of the two of us walking about ooking 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 sordid Sure there was the No Exit Cafe within three blocks and a Jewel only two blocks away but Morse Ave had been allowed to decay and my corner was a mile or so from the Loyola University campus where all the action at that time was Besides except for Roy I had fallen out of contact with my old high school friends having been iving on the east coast for four years and away to school for nine Ah it was a onely time a time before computers and the internet a time even before VCRs besides I had no television no tape player no phonograph just A Lousy Clock Radio And lousy clock radio and books My major improvement to the apartment was to install bookshelves not an easy task as the walls were cinderblock but ead plugs did the job And fortunately as it took a few weeks to find a first job there was a junk store on my very block a junk store that had used paperbacks for under a dollar That is where I picked up Sturgeon Is Alive and Well a rather safe bet as Sturgeon is a rather dependable writer. 9 • story Brownshoes 1969 • story aka The Man Who Learned LovingUncle Fremmis 1970 • story The Patterns of Dorne 1970 • story Suicide 1970 • sto. Are tied for my favorite It s You and Take Care of Joey If you want to read some beautifully written short Joey If you want to read some beautifully written short 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 ong 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 productivity during which he might write a short story
In A Day Or Less I Reada day or Eyes less I read Jack Kerouac wrote his novel ON THE ROAD in a short creative burst and I suspect that both writers spent aot of time composing in their heads before sitting down at their writing 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 are doomed to failure Jerry s Gap is about complete ack of communication at what proves to be a turning point in a young man s ife It s You a sentence which bookends the story itself is about what at first seems to be an idyllic Sinner's Heart love affair which collapses under its own weight One of the darkest points of view on communication is found in The Girl Who Knew What They Meant There are some optimistic stories notably Slow Sculpture Crate and Suicide which mixes a dark title with a hopeful outcome Other recurrent themes are the need to ask the uestion that no one else has thought of the belief that change is not only desirable 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 brilliantoner with training in than one discipline who does 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. 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.