Slow Sculpture: Volume XII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon

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Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon ( Theodore Sturgeon , Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon, real name - Edward Hamilton Waldo , Edward Hamilton Waldo ). More pseudonyms - E. Hunter Waldo , E. Waldo Hunter , Frederick R.

Ewing , Ellery Queen (novel "The Player on The Other Side", 1963). February 26, 1918, Staten Island (New York) - May 8, 1985, Eugene (Oregon) American novelist, one of the leading authors of the "Golden Age" of English-language SF. Born in Staten Island (New York), he did not receive a formal education, starting early to work: he was a sailor, traveling salesman, guitarist, hotel manager in the West Indies, bulldozer in Puerto Rico, advertising editor, literary agent, editorial staff of Time and Fortune magazines. First publication - " Breathing Ether " (1939). A bright star in the famous pre-war generation of D.

Campbell, Sturgeon stands out among his peers (along with A.

Bester and R.

Bradbury) for the humanitarian orientation of his work, which largely preceded the t...

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Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon ( Theodore Sturgeon , Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon, real name - Edward Hamilton Waldo , Edward Hamilton Waldo ). More pseudonyms - E. Hunter Waldo , E. Waldo Hunter , Frederick R. Ewing , Ellery Queen (novel "The Player on The Other Side", 1963). February 26, 1918, Staten Island (New York) - May 8, 1985, Eugene (Oregon) American novelist, one of the leading authors of the "Golden Age" of English-language SF. Born in Staten Island (New York), he did not receive a formal education, starting early to work: he was a sailor, traveling salesman, guitarist, hotel manager in the West Indies, bulldozer in Puerto Rico, advertising editor, literary agent, editorial staff of Time and Fortune magazines. First publication - " Breathing Ether " (1939). A bright star in the famous pre-war generation of D. Campbell, Sturgeon stands out among his peers (along with A. Bester and R. Bradbury) for the humanitarian orientation of his work, which largely preceded the thematic and stylistic searches of the American "New Wave". An organic combination of "hard" (natural science) SF and fantasy (World Fantasy-85 Award "for a general contribution to the development of the genre"), a deep interest in psychology, the richness of human and "inhuman" relationships, unwillingness to follow the unwritten taboos of SF - all this manifested itself already in Sturgeon`s early stories. Sturgeon (along with F. Farmer) entered American science fiction as a subverter, first of all, of "sexual" prejudices. The SF perspective on homosexuality is suggested in the stories " The World Could Have Perished " (1953) and " The Case of the Green Monkey " (1957); the novel " If all men are brothers, will you allow any of them to marry your sister? " (1967) describes an alien utopia based on incest; in the story " Opposite sex " (1952), an alien, bisexual and symbiote, "enlightens" two earthlings who were in love (unaware of other possibilities), and in the stories - " Hurricane trio "(1955) and" Rule of Three "(1951) - also with the help of aliens, the love triangle is happily resolved. Many stories, warm and humane (although not without a touch of sentimentality) are devoted to love: it defeats cancer - in the story " If you care, then you love " (1962); cancer can be defeated with the help of art - " Slow sculpture " (1970; "Hugo" -71; "Nebula" -71; Russian 19 .., 1993); in the story " Flying Saucer of Loneliness " (1953), love connects two lonely hearts - an earthly woman and an alien; in the stories " The Touch of Your Hands " (1953) and " Necessities " (1960) true love is unthinkable without telepathy. Children (including aliens) are devoted to the classic stories - " The Tiny and the Monster " (1947; Russian 1972) and " Meows`s Rocket " (1946; Russian 1970 ). Daydreaming and fantasy can revive a person even after a thousand years of sleep - " Case and the dreamer " (1972), and a simple sense of humor prevents conflict between two civilizations - " Special ability " (1951 ; Russian 1965). In the classic story about the scientist-Creator, " God of the Microcosm " (1941; Russian 1961), the microscopic inhabitants of the artificial universe evolve to protect their creator. The deceased musician - the hero of the short story " Die, Maestro, Die! " (1947) - is reborn in music. Other stories of Sturgeon are not so bright, they have strong elements of the genre of "horror": in the classic story of a "possessed" machine, " Kill Dozer! " (others - " Dozer " ) (1944) an earthly mechanism, subject to an alien, terrorizes and kills people; in " Professor`s Bear " (1948) this role is played by an "evil" teddy bear, controlled by nightmarish thoughts coming from the minds of children; " Thunder and Roses " (1947; Rus. 1991 - " Thunders and Roses ") is a vivid example of SF about nuclear war. In 1987, in honor of Theodore Sturgeon, one of the greatest storytellers of the so-called "golden era" (thirties-fifties), a memorial prize was created for the best fiction story published in the previous year. It is presented in the same ceremony as the Campbell Memorial Prize and complements it significantly. The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award was organized by James Gunn, Director of the Science Fiction Research Center, and Theodore Sturgeon`s heirs, including his widow Jane Sturgeon and children.  Theodore Sturgeon Award . Also translated into Russian: " Business on Fear " (1956; Russian. 1984), " Occam`s Razor " (1971; Russian. 1989), " Time - back "(19 ..; rus.1992)," Verity`s Case "(19 ..; rus.1976)," Haunted House " (19 ..; rus. 1991), " The Golden Egg " (1954; rus. 1976), " Artists of the Planet Xanadu " (1956; rus. 1966; 1969) , " Key from the sky " (1957; rus. 1990). " Mister Costello, hero " (19 ..; Russian. 1991), " It " (19 ..; Russian. 1992), " Superweapon "(19 ..; rus. 1991). Strongon`s first novel, " Dreaming Jewels " [ [color = darkblue] The Dreaming Jewels [/ color] ] (1950; others - " Synthetic Man "[ [color = darkblue] The Synthetic Man [/ color] ]), combines" solid "(natural science) SF with a" horror novel ": the dreams of alien crystals materialize into humanoid freaks, which is picked up by the wandering circus owner who is plotting evil; however, one of the freaks, with the help of his girlfriend, kills the villain (and comes to the understanding that humanity is less determined by biology, and more - by communication with people, life in the human community). Sturgeon`s best and most famous novel is " More Than People " [ [color = darkblue] More Than Human [/ color] ] (1952 - " And with a baby there will be three "; add. 1953; International Prize for Science Fiction-54; rus. 1996) - a classic illustration of SF Gestalt psychology; five super-gifted children with the help of telepathy, telekinesis and other forms of extrasensory perception form a symbiotic whole (Homo gestalt), which helps them to survive in a world hostile to the "geeks". In the controversial "iconoclastic" novel " Venus Plus X " [ [color = darkblue] Venus Plus X [/ color] ] (1960) Sturgeon returns to the idea of ​​utopia, built on the basis of a different sexuality: an earthling of the 20th century, who came to the planet of bisexuals, is not able to rise above moral norms inspired from childhood; therefore, the earthly civilization as a whole is not ready for utopia - until it cope with internal conflicts arising from gender inequality. Other works: " Cosmic Violence " [ [color = darkblue] The Cosmic Rape [/ color] ] (1958 - " Marry Medusa " ; 1958). " Body of the Lord " [ [color = darkblue] Godbody [/ color] ] (1986). " Pruzy Pot " [ [color = darkblue] Pruzy & # 039; s Pot [/ color] ] (1972; 1986). His works of short form have compiled collections - " It " [ [color = darkblue] It [/ color] ] (1948), " No magic "[ [color = darkblue] Without Sorcery [/ color] ] (1948; abbreviated 1961 -" Not without magic "[ [color = darkblue] Not Without Sorcery [/ color] ]), " There is variety in the unicorn " [ [color = darkblue] E Pluribus Unicorn [/ color] ] (1953), " The way home " [ [color = darkblue] A Way Home [/ color] ] (1955; abbreviated 1956; others - "Г rum and roses "[ [color = darkblue] Thunder and Roses [/ color] ])," Caviar "[ [color = darkblue] Caviar [/ color] ] (1955), " A Touch of Strange " [ [color = darkblue] A Touch of Strange [/ color] ] (1958; abbreviated 1959 ), " Aliens 4 " [ [color = darkblue] Aliens 4 [/ color] ] (1959), " Outside " [< strong> [col or = darkblue] Beyond [/ color] ] (1960), " Sturgeon in Orbit " [ [color = darkblue] Sturgeon in Orbit [/ color] ] (1964), " ... My fear is great, and there will be three with the baby " [ [color = darkblue] ... And My Fear Is Great / Baby Is Three [/ color ] ] (1965), " Joyous Invasion " [ [color = darkblue] The Joyous Invasion [/ color] ] (1965), " Star shining "[ [color = darkblue] Starshine [/ color] ] (1966)," Sturgeon is alive and well ... "[ [color = darkblue] Sturgeon Is Alive and Well ... [/ color] ] (1971), " Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon " [ [color = darkblue] The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon [/ color] ] (1972), " Here, to the easel " [ [color = darkblue] To Here and the Easel [/ color] ] (1973), " Case and the Dreamer " [ [color = darkblue] Case and the Dreamer [/ color] ] (1974), " Visions and switch-ons "[ [color = darkblue] Visions and Venturers [/ color] ] (1978)," Growing up "[ [color = darkblue] Maturity [/ color] ] (1979), " The Stars Are the Styx " [ [color = darkblue] The Stars Are the Styx [/ color] ] (1979), " Golden Swirl " [ [color = darkblue] The Golden Helix [/ color] ] (1979), " Slow Sculpting "[ [color = darkblue] Slow Sculpture [/ color] ] (1982)," Alien Cargo "[ [color = darkblue] Alien Cargo [/ color ] ] (1984); posthumous collection " Touch of Sturgeon " [ [color = darkblue] A Touch of Sturgeon [/ color] ] (1987 - edited by D. Pringle). (From the "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" by V. Gakov)