A Touch of Strange PDF Ä A Touch PDF/EPUB or

A Touch of Strange PDF Ä A Touch PDF/EPUB or

A Touch of Strange ❰Reading❯ ➶ A Touch of Strange Author Theodore Sturgeon – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 'Winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards Theodore Sturgeon has established his reputation as one of the most original and provocative of SF writers Here are nine masterpieces of imagination from the per 'Winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards Theodore Sturgeon has established his reputation as one of the most original and provocative of SF writers Here are nine masterpieces of imagination from the period of his finest creativity Included are The Pod in the Barrier The Other Celia Affair with a Green Monkey The Touch of Your Hand and The name of Theodore Sturgeon A Touch PDF/EPUB or is a magic word in the field of science fiction and fantasy and A Touch of Strange is one of his most unforgettable collections' From back cover.


10 thoughts on “A Touch of Strange

  1. Dagny Dagny says:

    I read this collection over fifty years ago and The Other Celia has stayed in my mind all these years What a concept; absolutely unforgettable


  2. Kurt Reichenbaugh Kurt Reichenbaugh says:

    Recently I was lucky enough to find a handful of vintage Theodore Sturgeon collections at a used bookstore near my house It's taken me some years and wisdom to appreciate Sturgeon's craft at creating a story but I've finally come around This collection contains seven stories all from the 1950's Standouts for me are Mr Costellor Hero about the politics of fear let loose Affair with a Green Monkey sexual labels and an extra terrestrial who needs to be shown how to behave like a man A Touch of Strange lonely people find love among profane sirens and The Other Celia about a voyeur and his object of curiosity


  3. David David says:

    I was once told that one of the secrets to good writing is for a writer to give you all the details you need to know to understand why characters take the actions they do Theodore Sturgeon is very meticulous in this way and I enjoyed most of these stories In the case of the lone exception the story was well written but featured one of those protagonists you don't enjoy spending time with I was pleased to read this sampling of stories by one of science fiction's great writers


  4. James James says:

    I enjoyed this Sturgeon collection very much cover to cover or less Of the seven short stories contained within I like six of them VERY much I was especially wowed by Mr Costello Hero The Touch of Your Hand and The Other Celia but even the less than superb in my estimation stories in this book are full of charm and insight While none of the stories in A Touch of Strange are as humorous as Derm Fool or as full of pathos as Die Maestro Die from two other collections the author's trademark humor irony esp is often at work and the plight of various characters is genuinely moving even surprisingly soOnly It Opens the Sky failed to keep me riveted and I'm not sure why one description in the story concerning the properties of a dangerous drug actually seemed a bit amateurish or silly to me a very rare experience in reading this author And still there was much in the story that I found at least interestingOverall though I really admire the originality of Sturgeon's stories his values freedom compassion love his prose descriptions and metaphors and generally the masterful way his character rich tales unfold like watching a photograph slowly develop in its chemical bath yes I'm that old At first you're not even sure of the picture's proper orientation but you're spellbound as the details shapes and colors sharpen until they are fully realized and the final image is almost always extraordinarily rewarding especially if you allow yourself some time to reflect on the mysteries and subtleties of these tales or in some cases wait long enough for the jokezinger to sink in


  5. Carol Tensen Carol Tensen says:

    Reading A Touch of Strange I can see why Bradbury and Vonnegut looked up to Sturgeon His stories are wonderfully original The characters in A Touch of Strange have contact with mythological beings then the story takes a turn back to the ordinary and knocks our socks off Sturgeon was fascinated with morality and amorality; he uses AngelPolicemen to deal with this theme in It Opens Up the Sky Affair With a Green Monkey would have been a shining addition to The Fiend Playboy's Magazine's Sci fi collection The Other Celia with its voyeuristic meddler reminds me of The Man Upstairs from Bradbury's October Country I particularly liked A Crime for Llewellyn an ironic tale about a man who wants to go astray but can't seem to make it happen for himself All in all a very satisfying collection My 1958 edition was missing A Pod in the Barrier The Girl Had Guts and pieces of its cover which kept flaking off in my purse


  6. Bill Bill says:

    A Touch of Strange is a collection of 9 short stories by Theodore Sturgeon This is my first attempt at reading Sturgeon's uniue brand of science fiction It did take me a bit to get used to his writing style but as I read through the stories I enjoyed them and Some had nice positive endings some somewhat confusing endings and The Girl Had Guts was uite scary reminding me a bit of Aliens The title story A Touch of Strange was just as the title states strange This book was originally published in 1958 and it's worth trying out if you are interested in Science Fiction I will check out of his work


  7. Rod Rod says:

    What can I say? I'm a sucker for Sturgeon Some of his stories can seem and are a bit corny at first and from this vantage point and yet there is a touch of strange that lingers with the reader long after the details are forgotten; an opening to the mystery that undergirds human relationships and life in general This collection has the story The Girl Had Guts that purportedly supplied some of the inspiration for the movie Alien


  8. CraftyCat CraftyCat says:

    I’m beginning to really like Theodore Sturgeon I enjoyed More Than Human a while back and it had a number of themes in it that were rather progressive and what I’ve read of his just seems to be very sensitive in general This collection of short science fiction stories was much uplifting than I thought it would be So much of the sci fi I read on a regular basis is very cynical in nature and although these stories had some cynicism in them at times that was not the overall theme of the work Many of these will stick with me for a while I think In fact one of the pieces towards the end “The Pod in the Barrier” actually brought me to tears which isn’t something that happens at all really Sturgeon seemed to have this talent for showing a very kind eye towards people while describing their plight through the eyes of someone who is incapable of understanding what they’re going through You can sit there and hate the narrator for being an absolute idiot and see what’s really going on in spite of the way they filter it through his or her lens The first piece in this book straight up surprised me it’s a classic tale of corruption and subtle economic takeover told by a complete idiot who has no idea of what’s going on I expected a terrible ending as that seems to be the norm for these types of stories so I was shocked when it ended with view spoilerthe antagonist being thrown kindly mind you into an asylum It ends with a poignant scene of him talking to insects completely unaware of how crazy he is hide spoiler


  9. Chris Aldridge Chris Aldridge says:

    This book contains the Mindwebs audiobook 40 story “Affair with a Green Monkey” Weird tale of a well meaning redneck and his wife After he rescues a stranger from a mob he finds his infallible intuition about human nature was misplaced His supreme confidence in his own abilities like a certain orange skinned self proclaimed genius I could do without leads him to reveal the horror of his true nature and his wife’s epiphany sends him scuttling away from self awareness to lick his wounds Excellent allegory all about bigots For the conspiracy theoristswas the Green Monkey a coincidental reference to the now discredited theories that AIDS was either transferred from African Green monkeys as opposed to chimps to humans or created by the CIAFBI in Washington to reduce the incidence of gays and junkies ? As this was written in 1978 and AIDS appeared in New York in 1981 it’s unlikely


  10. Emmalyn Renato Emmalyn Renato says:

    Another from my physical TBR pile A collection of short stories that were first published in the 1950's Again a bit of a mixed bag; some good and some just okay The one that stuck with me though was 'The Other Celia' and apparently I'd read it somewhere before as I instantly remembered it when the MC lifted the box of paper out of the suitcase under the bed


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10 thoughts on “A Touch of Strange

  1. Dagny Dagny says:

    I read this collection over fifty years ago and The Other Celia has stayed in my mind all these years What a concept; absolutely unforgettable

  2. Kurt Reichenbaugh Kurt Reichenbaugh says:

    Recently I was lucky enough to find a handful of vintage Theodore Sturgeon collections at a used bookstore near my house It's taken me some years and wisdom to appreciate Sturgeon's craft at creating a story but I've finally come around This collection contains seven stories all from the 1950's Standouts for me are Mr Costellor Hero about the politics of fear let loose Affair with a Green Monkey sexual labels and an extra terrestrial who needs to be shown how to behave like a man A Touch of Strange lonely people find love among profane sirens and The Other Celia about a voyeur and his object of curiosity

  3. David David says:

    I was once told that one of the secrets to good writing is for a writer to give you all the details you need to know to understand why characters take the actions they do Theodore Sturgeon is very meticulous in this way and I enjoyed most of these stories In the case of the lone exception the story was well written but featured one of those protagonists you don't enjoy spending time with I was pleased to read this sampling of stories by one of science fiction's great writers

  4. James James says:

    I enjoyed this Sturgeon collection very much cover to cover or less Of the seven short stories contained within I like six of them VERY much I was especially wowed by Mr Costello Hero The Touch of Your Hand and The Other Celia but even the less than superb in my estimation stories in this book are full of charm and insight While none of the stories in A Touch of Strange are as humorous as Derm Fool or as full of pathos as Die Maestro Die from two other collections the author's trademark humor irony esp is often at work and the plight of various characters is genuinely moving even surprisingly soOnly It Opens the Sky failed to keep me riveted and I'm not sure why one description in the story concerning the properties of a dangerous drug actually seemed a bit amateurish or silly to me a very rare experience in reading this author And still there was much in the story that I found at least interestingOverall though I really admire the originality of Sturgeon's stories his values freedom compassion love his prose descriptions and metaphors and generally the masterful way his character rich tales unfold like watching a photograph slowly develop in its chemical bath yes I'm that old At first you're not even sure of the picture's proper orientation but you're spellbound as the details shapes and colors sharpen until they are fully realized and the final image is almost always extraordinarily rewarding especially if you allow yourself some time to reflect on the mysteries and subtleties of these tales or in some cases wait long enough for the jokezinger to sink in

  5. Carol Tensen Carol Tensen says:

    Reading A Touch of Strange I can see why Bradbury and Vonnegut looked up to Sturgeon His stories are wonderfully original The characters in A Touch of Strange have contact with mythological beings then the story takes a turn back to the ordinary and knocks our socks off Sturgeon was fascinated with morality and amorality; he uses AngelPolicemen to deal with this theme in It Opens Up the Sky Affair With a Green Monkey would have been a shining addition to The Fiend Playboy's Magazine's Sci fi collection The Other Celia with its voyeuristic meddler reminds me of The Man Upstairs from Bradbury's October Country I particularly liked A Crime for Llewellyn an ironic tale about a man who wants to go astray but can't seem to make it happen for himself All in all a very satisfying collection My 1958 edition was missing A Pod in the Barrier The Girl Had Guts and pieces of its cover which kept flaking off in my purse

  6. Bill Bill says:

    A Touch of Strange is a collection of 9 short stories by Theodore Sturgeon This is my first attempt at reading Sturgeon's uniue brand of science fiction It did take me a bit to get used to his writing style but as I read through the stories I enjoyed them and Some had nice positive endings some somewhat confusing endings and The Girl Had Guts was uite scary reminding me a bit of Aliens The title story A Touch of Strange was just as the title states strange This book was originally published in 1958 and it's worth trying out if you are interested in Science Fiction I will check out of his work

  7. Rod Rod says:

    What can I say? I'm a sucker for Sturgeon Some of his stories can seem and are a bit corny at first and from this vantage point and yet there is a touch of strange that lingers with the reader long after the details are forgotten; an opening to the mystery that undergirds human relationships and life in general This collection has the story The Girl Had Guts that purportedly supplied some of the inspiration for the movie Alien

  8. CraftyCat CraftyCat says:

    I’m beginning to really like Theodore Sturgeon I enjoyed More Than Human a while back and it had a number of themes in it that were rather progressive and what I’ve read of his just seems to be very sensitive in general This collection of short science fiction stories was much uplifting than I thought it would be So much of the sci fi I read on a regular basis is very cynical in nature and although these stories had some cynicism in them at times that was not the overall theme of the work Many of these will stick with me for a while I think In fact one of the pieces towards the end “The Pod in the Barrier” actually brought me to tears which isn’t something that happens at all really Sturgeon seemed to have this talent for showing a very kind eye towards people while describing their plight through the eyes of someone who is incapable of understanding what they’re going through You can sit there and hate the narrator for being an absolute idiot and see what’s really going on in spite of the way they filter it through his or her lens The first piece in this book straight up surprised me it’s a classic tale of corruption and subtle economic takeover told by a complete idiot who has no idea of what’s going on I expected a terrible ending as that seems to be the norm for these types of stories so I was shocked when it ended with view spoilerthe antagonist being thrown kindly mind you into an asylum It ends with a poignant scene of him talking to insects completely unaware of how crazy he is hide spoiler

  9. Chris Aldridge Chris Aldridge says:

    This book contains the Mindwebs audiobook 40 story “Affair with a Green Monkey” Weird tale of a well meaning redneck and his wife After he rescues a stranger from a mob he finds his infallible intuition about human nature was misplaced His supreme confidence in his own abilities like a certain orange skinned self proclaimed genius I could do without leads him to reveal the horror of his true nature and his wife’s epiphany sends him scuttling away from self awareness to lick his wounds Excellent allegory all about bigots For the conspiracy theoristswas the Green Monkey a coincidental reference to the now discredited theories that AIDS was either transferred from African Green monkeys as opposed to chimps to humans or created by the CIAFBI in Washington to reduce the incidence of gays and junkies ? As this was written in 1978 and AIDS appeared in New York in 1981 it’s unlikely

  10. Emmalyn Renato Emmalyn Renato says:

    Another from my physical TBR pile A collection of short stories that were first published in the 1950's Again a bit of a mixed bag; some good and some just okay The one that stuck with me though was 'The Other Celia' and apparently I'd read it somewhere before as I instantly remembered it when the MC lifted the box of paper out of the suitcase under the bed

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