Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon - Aliens 4 - 8

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Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon - Aliens 4 - 8

Postby clong » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:19 am

Aliens 4

Aliens 4 is another strong collection from Sturgeon. "Killdozer!" is a classic novella, a tale of a group of men sent to a Pacific island to construct an airfield during WWII. The men unleash a demonic power that takes possession of powerful bulldozer and sets out to kill them. The rising tensions and deteriorating relationships among the men are very well sketched. Stephen King must have read this one during his formative years. "The (Widget), the (Wadget), and Boff" is another very strong novella, a tale of a pair of alien observers trying to understand man. At times quite funny, this story is a great example of Sturgeon's insightful treatment of human emotions, neuroses, and even love. The two short stories, "The Comedian's Children" and "Cactus Dance" are also well worth your time.

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Postby violetblue » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:44 pm

Before I read your line about Stephen King maybe having read this during his formative years, I immediately thought of that King story where the trucks come to life. Bulldozers would probably be more effective at creating havoc, if not a bit more lumbering. "Watch out, here comes that killer 'dozer going 5 miles an hour! Try to get out of the way!"
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Postby zxvasdf » Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:47 am

theodore sturgeon is king. i went through my formative years never reading him, but i was reading stephen king, orson scott card, gregory benford, amongst others. i had to find out about theodore sturgeon last year, and i wish i had found about him earlier. i loved 'godbody' 'a cosmic rape' 'microcosmic god' 'some of your blood' and my favorite 'more than human'
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