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Starshine -- the eerie, unmistakable fire of Ted Sturgeon's genius -- lights up unforgettably these stories of now and tomorrow...tales of aliens from far planets, men of the spaceways and creatures of darkness. From the daring of "The World Well Lost" to the tense adventure of "The Pod and the Barrier" and the brisk fantastic humor of "Derm Fool," these are Sturgeon classStarshine -- the eerie, unmistakable fire of Ted Sturgeon's genius -- lights up unforgettably these stories of now and tomorrow...tales of aliens from far planets, men of the spaceways and creatures of darkness. From the daring of "The World Well Lost" to the tense adventure of "The Pod and the Barrier" and the brisk fantastic humor of "Derm Fool," these are Sturgeon classics -- stories you can't forget and shouldn't miss....

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Starshine Reviews

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-03-20 17:26

    This was the cover of the very beat-up -- er, I mean, well loved -- copy I had. The book finally fell apart before I finished it. But damn it, I did manage to place the pages in order and marched on to the finish.I've read three or four Theodore Sturgeon anthologies and this was the weakest of the lot, mainly because two of the longest stories, "The World Well Lost" and "The Pod and the Barrier" can also be found in other Theodore Sturgeon anthologies (as well as other various sundry sci fi anthologies.) If you want to get a good feel for Theodore Sturgeon, skip this anthology. I recommend A Touch of Strange and E Pluribis Unicorn.This contained horror stories as well as sci fi stories. These horror stories were much weaker than other Sturgeon stories. They are quite dated and shows you how much American pop culture has changed since the 1940s and the 1960s, respectively. In some ways for me, they were like reading alien cultures since I found it difficult to relate to or even picture in my head what was going on.I think I'll forever remember reading "Derm Fool" while waiting in a very long line to vote in the 2016 Presidential election. Seemed an appropriate story since it was about people shedding their skins like snakes.

  • Simon
    2019-03-05 15:22

    While not the strongest collection of Sturgeon's I've read, there are a couple of great stories in here and the writing is generally of a high standard throughout.No central theme unites the stories in this collection and they are quite varied. "Derm Fool" is a comedy about a couple who discover a Snake that, after biting them, has infected them with a condition that causes them to shed their skins on a daily basis. Far from being distraught by this condition, they capitalise on it by using their byproduct to boost their taxidermist career. That is until it starts to draw the attention of the police...The Haunt is a classic haunted house story. Artnan Process is about mankind's attempt to free itself from the yolk of Martian tyranny and resource exploitation. The World Well Lost is a strange tale about first contact and homosexuality. The Pod and the Barrier, for me the highlight of the collection, a quintesential Sturgeon tale of a space expedition to try and penetrate an impenetrable sphere. And lastly, How to Kill Aunty is what I can only describe as a psycological drama between an old woman and her nephew whom she torments and manipulates.Probably not the best place to start with Sturgeon but well worth a read for anyone who is a fan.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-05 17:24

    Another pick off Mount ToBeRead, Starshine is a collection of Theodore Sturgeon's short stories, published 1966. IMHO, Sturgeon does better with "soft" SF than hard; I'd prefer he tell me about how the people are affected by the technology than too much about the technology itself. For example, "Derm Fool" for me, is a much more satisfying story than "The Artnan Process". Sometimes he needn't include any SF elements at all - "How to Kill Aunty" would fit in well as an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode. I'm not sure I share Spider Robinson's adulation of Sturgeon, but I find most of his stories a satisfying read. Recommended to anyone looking for mid-60's, semi New Wave science fiction.

  • Raj
    2019-03-08 15:30

    This is a collection of six short stories by the master of post-Humanism, although none of these stories really touch on that subject. The stories include comedy (Derm Fool), ghost stories (The Haunt) and SF as well as a non-genre story (How to Kill Aunty) which is mostly whimsical, with a twist at the end. The best stories are probably the most touching - The World Well Lost about a spacer crew taking two lovers back to their homeworld to stand trial and The Pod and the Barrier about the cranks who try to break through a barrier in space that has foiled the best minds of Humanity. Both are touching and beautifully written, and the former is somewhat heartbreaking as well. An enjoyable collection.

  • Shelley
    2019-02-26 15:37

    An interesting and diverse collection of 6 short stories, spanning ghost-story horror to far-galaxies sci-fi. I was particularly touched by 'The World Well Lost', a very progressive piece of sci-fi writing for the time (the 1950s). His writing both captures and challenges the time and culture he was writing within.

  • Tobias Taylor
    2019-02-20 17:38

    A melange of science-fiction, crime, and horror and whilst most of the six short stories read like first-draft concepts for future books there were a few gems hidden amongst the fray. What subtlely resides below the exterior of each story are imaginative explorations of human interaction concealed behind a flashy visual trope.

  • Julia
    2019-02-19 17:30

    50/ 174 pages Read two of the six stories and they were fine, I would have kept reading, but books I really wanted to read and finish fast came to the library. So it's not that I couldn't finish, but rather I chose not to. “Derm Fool” is about a guy whose body parts keep dropping off, they grow back, but he’s making a mint selling them taxidermied.

  • Rod
    2019-03-09 20:41

    This collection includes "The World Well Lost," a classic exploration of prejudicial attitudes about homosexuality from a "Golden Age" science fiction writer. I love Sturgeon. Even his minor stories which initially leave you asking "so what was that about?" often result later in you asking, "what WAS that about?" "The Pod and the Barrier" is another good one here.

  • Ian
    2019-03-01 14:31

    Sturgeon has always been one of my favorite sf writers and this collection shows him at his best.

  • Andres
    2019-03-18 18:16

    No hay caso. Sturgeon no me engancha.

  • Derek
    2019-02-27 20:19

    My first introduction to Theodore Sturgeon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! What a master of metaphor! Definitely going to be reading more of him soon.