Baby Is Three: Volume VI: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
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Baby Is Three is the sixth volume in the series devoted to the complete works of one of science fiction's titans. Like others in the series, this one includes extensive notes and background information on each story by editor Paul Williams. The early 1950s, during which this material was written, was the beginning of Sturgeon's greatest creative period. The title story for this collection was later expanded into the International Fantasy Award winning novel More Than Human. Sturgeon's whimsical, sardonic sense of humor lifts his work out of the mundane realm of genre science fiction. This wide-ranging collection shows precisely why he has been cited as a primary influence by authors as varied as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Carl Sagan.
become recognized for what they are, there will be fireworks. Look at the way we dress, the way we use cosmetics. Why do we do it? Basically, to appear to be available to men. Practically all perfumes have a musk or musk-like base for that very reason. But how long do you think women will keep up the hypocrisy of lipstick and plunging necklines when men know better—know that they couldn’t possibly be approachable all the time? How many men will let their women appear in public looking as if they
special medical consultant to the City and State Police, intimated that these aspects of the case—the brutal murder and disfigurement of the embarrassed couple—were superficial compared with the unspeakable facts behind them. ‘Medically mysterious,’ he was quoted as saying.” She twinkled at him. “How’s that sound?” She looked at her watch. “And I can make the early editions, too, with a head. Something like DOC SHOCKED SPEECHLESS—and a subhead: Lab Sleuth Suppresses Medical Details of Double Park
Underestimate” as an example. There are notable thematic links between “Never Underestimate” and “The Martian and the Moron” (1948) and Sturgeon’s 1960 novel Venus Plus X. “The Sex Opposite”: Another thematic precursor to Venus Plus X. First published in Fantastic Stories, Fall 1952. In the Sturgeon papers is a letter from Howard Browne dated Jan. 21, 1952, addressed to TS at 862 Union Street in Brooklyn: “Enclosed is our check No. 11492 in the amount of $170.00. This represents payment in
smiled like a kitten and ordered scotch on the rocks. “For our colds,” she explained. “How long have you had colds?” he demanded professionally. “Oh, dear, we don’t get colds,” explained Verna sweetly. “That’s because we drink our liquor straight.” Dr. Jonathan Prince felt it within him to lay down the law at this point. A patient was a patient. But there was something in the air that prevented it. He found himself laughing again. He thought he saw Pallas wink at Priscilla and shake her head
Mommy Gwen would never be able to get in, ever. Except that Daddy wouldn’t be able to come with him, or Jerry either, and that would be a shame. He scrambled quietly out of bed and stood for a moment looking at the wall by the door. He could almost for-sure see the flickering thing that lived there, even in the dark. When there was light on the wall, it flickered a shade darker than the light. At night it flickered a shade lighter than the black. It was always there, and Bobby knew it was alive.