And Now the News review Ý 3

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And Now the News review Ý 3 ¸ [Download] ➵ And Now the News By Theodore Sturgeon – Written between 1955 and 1957 the 15 stories in And Now the News include five previously uncollected stories along with five well known works two cowritten with genre legend Robert Heinlein Spanning h Written between and the stories in AndE period these tales show why Sturgeon won every science fiction award givenWon't You WalkNew York VignetteThe Half Way Tree MurderThe Skills of XanaduThe And Now PDFEPUBClaustrophileDead Dames Don't D. A lot of times with this series the implication seems to be that the title story is either the most well known or simply the best story out of the set with most of the time the former often definitely true and the latter mostly true As you can imagine from anyone who warrants a series of volumes that number into the double digits Sturgeon wrote a lot of stories and the collections have pretty much a fair scattering of gems along with decent readable fareThis time though the title story ranks so high over everything else that it really isn't fair Most everything here is above average good but And Now the News was the only story that really hit me suare in the gut and felt like a story that could have still been written today Basically a gift from Robert Heinlein apparently the tale goes that during a period where the writer's block was really having its way with him he wrote to Heinlein asking for advice to which the man responded by giving him a few pages of ideas some merely sketches and some a bit fleshed out Two of those stories make it into this collection and apparently Heinlein's synopsis for this story was so detailed that he could have almost snagged a co writer credit if he had done anything besides the general plotting But its an amazing effort probably the first time for me where it felt like one of Sturgeon's characters really pays the price for trying to live in this world and be a part of it It focuses on a man named Maclyle who follows the news so religiously that it becomes a bit of an obsession and eventually the grand parade of bad news starts to drain the life out of him until he finds himself unable to communicate properly any Its a grim depiction of a media saturated culture and what a constant barrage of it might do to us that probably felt chilling when it was written in the fifties and comes across as eerily prescient nowadays where our increased ability to be connected to information instantly only seems to drive us further apart from each other It proceeds like any other Sturgeon story but what sets it apart for me is the final reaction to all this and how strangely bitter it all feels like its accepting that this is the only proper way to act in a world like ours and that the only options are to let this world gradually disintegrate you so you have no choice but to withdraw entirely or stay a part of it but be driven to drastic measures Its uietly shocking and like nothing else I've read from him so farThat said there are other stories in the book and if you've been following the series then you know we're still in his peak period as a writer and well he's still peaking That means pretty much every story has something to offer although the tried and true SF seems to be in the minority this time out A number of them are actually straight mystery stories some in collaboration and only prove that he could have been a crackling mystery writer if he had decided to focus on that instead of all the stuff with aliens The Half Way Tree Murder and Dead Dames Don't Dial have their moments with the former reading like an attempt at a Graeme Greene story Meanwhile The Waiting Thing Inside is another off kilter Western not as good as the one in the last volume I thought and The Deadly Innocent is a strange tale told mostly through letters of another writer going out of her mind That one is confusing but has a sense of wanting to tinker with form that I appreciated Sometimes the most interesting Sturgeon moments can be found in these little side alleys where he tries a trick that doesn't work a hundred percent but lifts the story out of something that could have been mun

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IalFear Is a BusinessThe Other ManThe Waiting Thing Inside with Don WardThe Deadly Innocent with Don WardAnd Now the NewsThe Girl Had GutsThe Other CeliaAffair With a Green MonkeyThe Pod and the Barrie. And Now the News is absolutely my favorite sci fi short story of all time NOT for the ending which I refuse to spoil for you but because of the protagonist's attempt to free himself from the modern world armed with little but a couple sacks of rice flour perhaps some bacon some paints and a flugelhorn like instrument Out there in the boonies these days he'd drop his internet service he gets really really into himself after spending an entire life as a newspaper junkie Does this sound familiar to any of you As I said I would not dare spoil the ending but there's plenty like him always popping up in the news every day it would seem

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And Now the NewsWritten betweenand the stories in And Now the News include five previously uncollected stories along with five well known works two cowritten with genre legend Robert Heinlein Spanning his most creativ. My delight with this collection was spoiled by a couple of grimmer unpleasant pieces The Deadly Innocent And Now the News The Girl Had Guts The Other Celia Interestingly according to Paul Williams's notes some of these have been hailed by critics as Sturgeon's major stories And Now the News may well offer one of the earliest warnings about the neurotic effects of media Probably something to do with people's perennial fascination with their darker sidesOn a brighter note one great asset of Sturgeon's writing that I haven't mentioned so far is its sheer diversity Here we have a letter to a newspaper complaining about the author's inability to provide a story and thereby telling the story a Western with psychologically warped characters a police procedural a first contact story a space opera with a twist a cosmic clash between opposing modes of government and thinking a psychological profile of those fittest to explore space a psychological profile of those trying to compartmentalize space into Earth grown boxesand so onMy notes as I read are here