Ultimate Egoist

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North Atlantic Books, 1998 - Fiction - 387 pages
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The Ultimate Egoist, the first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, contains the late author's earliest work, written from 1937 to 1940. Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, each of whom contributes a laudatory foreword. The more than 40 stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henry-ish plot twists, sparkling character development, and almost archetypal, why didn't I think of that? story ideas. Early Sturgeon masterpieces include "It," about the violence done by a creature spontaneously born from garbage and mud, and "Helix the Cat," about an inventor's bizarre encounter with a disembodied soul and the cat that saves it. Sturgeon's unique genius is timelessly entertaining.
 

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Contents

Heavy Insurance
3
Alter Ego
31
A Noose of Light
40
Strangers on a Train
50
The Right Line
70
Permit Me My Gesture
86
Extraordinary Seaman
95
His Good Angel
107
Ether Breather
148
Cajun Providence
166
Turkish Delight 2
2-62
70
2-70
The Ultimate Egoist 2 85
2-85
Butyl and the Breather 32 8
328
Look About You by Theodore Sturgeon
387
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Theodore Sturgeon was born on February 26, 1918 in Staten Island, New York. He died in Eugene, Oregon, on May 8, 1985. A resident of New York City, upstate New York, and Los Angeles, he is the author of more than thirty novels and short story collections.

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