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Book Title: Starshine|
The author of the book: Theodore Sturgeon
ISBN 13: 9780722182161
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Reader ratings: 3.9
The size of the: 8.26 MB
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Edition: Corgi Books
Date of issue: 1971
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Since I'm just a few pages from finishing, and will be done by tonight, I might as well give Starshine my review. Sturgeon is responsible for two of my favorite short stories, "The Professor's Teddy Bear" and "It." Neither are in Starshine, though it's been fairly enjoyable.
"Derm Fool" is bizarrely hilarious and kinda gross...but in a really clean way. "The Haunt" isn't particularly inspired (to modern eyes), but it's short and amusing. "Artnan Process" comes off as standard 40s-era pop sci-fi. "The World Well Lost" is said to be the first sympathetic portrayal of homosexuals in modern sci-fi. Part of me wonders if "The Pod and the Barrier," and particularly its climax, helped to inspire Douglas Adams into sculpting the Hitchhiker's universe. As for "How to Kill Aunty," I'm half a dozen pages from finishing it and having a blast. So far it's a milder version of Psycho, told from Mother's...er, Aunty's point of view.
Overall, Starshine has been a fun and quick read, though I thought all three sci-fi stories dragged in places. Some might be offended by the sexist (and occasionally racist) attitudes on display here, yet I feel this book shows a progressive outlook on the whole. Recommended!
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Read information about the authorTheodore 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 mating ritual and the expression “Live long and prosper.” He is also credited as the inspiration for Kurt Vonnegut’s recurring fictional character Kilgore Trout.
Sturgeon is the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the International Fantasy Award. In 2000, he was posthumously honored with a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.
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