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Ay 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 living on the east coast for four years and away to school for nine Ah it was a lonely 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 tape player no phonograph just a 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 lead 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 Wish I could find classic sci fi writers that I like that write like Sturgeon Imagine this the majority of his stories are enre sci that write like Sturgeon Imagine this the majority of his stories are Call the Next Witness genre sci but it features believable and interesting characters This short story collection has some reallyreat stories and in retrospect I don t think any of them are Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities genre stories The only story I really didn t like was the first one To Here and the Easel Two stories are tied for my favorite It s You and Take Care of Joey If you want to read some beautifully written short stories this is a wonderful collection 35 stars really Somereat stuff here amidst some misfires that show their agebut I have to Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology give it to Sturgeon for such a uniue voice and some of the sentences I had too back and read again as they are so unexpected felt like jazz improvisations and always trying new things and never forgetting the humans involved in whatever scenario he has fashioned for them Mostly pretentious andor self indulgent Some not even SF Interesting little introduction that explains justifies but if an unknown author had written these they would not have Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning gotten bought I bet Except maybe Slow Sculpture which could have made it into a slick I think Still I do wish Uncle Fremmis wouldive some of our political and corporate leaders the treatment. 9 • story Brownshoes 1969 • story aka The Man Who Learned LovingUncle Fremmis 1970 • story The Patterns of Dorne 1970 • story Suicide 1970 • sto. ,


Sturgeon Is Alive and WellGht to a dark world and do Charlestown Blues good for humanity over humanity s objections Another collection of short stories that you would imagine areoing 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 looking for space exploration androids aliens planets etc You will be disappointed The topics were heavy for short stories but the stories were wonderful Please please pick up something by Sturgeon if you Haven T Yet And t yet and s a very Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition good place to start Samples of his work from many eras of his writing life 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 A collection ofood 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 are what I would call hard science fiction Three of the stories dealt with the 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 This book changed my life Short stories that put us in touch with our own humanity and the humanity in others 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 looking for an apartmentFinding an apartment took about an hour of the two of us walking about looking 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 dec. 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.

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This is an excellent collection of science fiction and other short
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by an appreciated writer The title is a reference to Sturgeon s long 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 reat productivity during which he might write a short story in a day or less I read that Jack Kerouac wrote his novel ON THE ROAD in a short creative burst and I suspect that both writers Spent A Lot Of a lot of 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 ood fiction about ideas You can only write ood fiction about peopleMany of the relationships in these stories are doomed to failure Jerry s Gap is about complete lack of communication at what proves to be a turning point in a young man s life It s You a sentence which bookends the story itself is about what at first seems to be an idyllic 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 brilliant loner 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 hence to progressSturgeon balances his pessimistic view of authority with a heroically optimistic view of the individual His protagonists bring li. Eleven stories first published 1954 71Foreword 1971 • essayTo Here the Easel 1954 • novella Slow Sculpture 1970 • novelette It's You 1970 • story. ,