This volume includes 12 stories from , considered Sturgeon's golden era. Thunder and Roses. And Now the News The Man Who Lost the Sea. The Nail and the Oracle.
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This volume includes 12 stories from , considered Sturgeon's golden era. Thunder and Roses. And Now the News The Man Who Lost the Sea. The Nail and the Oracle. Case and the Dreamer. The Ultimate Egoist. Some of Your Blood. The Dreaming Jewels. Sturgeon was not a pseudonym; his name was legally changed after his parents' divorce. After selling his first SF story to Astounding in , he travelled for some years, only returning in earnest in He produced a great body of acclaimed short fiction SF's premier short story award is named in his honour as well as a number of novels, including More Than Human, which was awarded the retro-Hugo in The World According to Anna.
A Saucer of Loneliness
It is based on the short story of the same name by Theodore Sturgeon. Margaret Shelley Duvall is a middle-aged woman who is a spinster, working as a waitress at a diner. She enjoys walking on the beach but is very lonely. When she returns home after work one night, her alcoholic mother cruelly criticizes her for being unmarried at her age. Margaret runs into her bedroom and cries herself to sleep. The next day on her way to work, Margaret joins a crowd on the beach which is staring at a flying saucer in the sky. As it descends from the atmosphere, it hovers around as if it were looking for someone and begins to follow Margaret.
It was later adapted as a radio play for X Minus One in , and as the second segment of the twenty-fifth episode the first episode of the second season, —87 of the television series The Twilight Zone , starring actress Shelley Duvall. A man sees a woman on the beach one night—he suspects she will attempt suicide. He spots her in the ocean and plunges in to save her. She struggles but he manages to get her ashore. Subsequently, she tells him her story: Years earlier in Central Park she saw a very small flying saucer hovering about her, small enough to put her arms around it.