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IROSF on Sturgeon

The November issue of the Internet Review of Science Fiction has a nice writeup of Theodore Sturgeon. I’m glad to see that someone else enjoys his writing style as much as I do. If you’ve never read Sturgeon, you’re missing out on one of the best authors the field will ever see.

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1 Comment on IROSF on Sturgeon

  1. Jim Frenkel // May 15, 2007 at 2:55 am //

    You’re not alone in being glad that someone else appreciates the many delights of Sturgeon’s work. For many years those of us who value his unique talent have been dismayed to see the relative lack of interest in his work.

    There are those who contrast Sturgeon and P.K. Dick and will tell you that Dick is so popular these days because his writing was more in tune with the dystopic future we inhabit than was Sturgeon’s. And in a certain way, that’s true. Insofar as Dick’s impact as a writer often was connected with the strangeness of life and the difficulty of coping with it, yes, Dick’s work is more consonant with reality in the current millennium.

    But much of Sturgeon’s work was transcendant, and he dealt with the cognitive dissonance of life, but often on a more interpersonal, emotional level than Dick’s work. And somehow, the combination of emotional power and stylistic grace has slipped past the radar of many readers and critics who should be sharp enough to realize that Sturgeon was at least as important as Dick. Anyone who doesn’t believe that should go and re-read the story, ” . . . And Now the News.”

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