Tuesday, April 14, 2009

“The Man Who Lost the Sea”, a classic short story by Theodore Sturgeon

Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust, Strange Horizons, a weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction, has re-printed “The Man Who Lost the Sea”, a classic short story written by Sci-Fi author Theodore Sturgeon that was originally published in the October 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. A tale about the final moments of a dying astronaut on Mars, here are the opening lines:

Say you're a kid, and one dark night you're running along the cold sand with this helicopter in your hand, saying very fast witchy-witchy-witchy. You pass the sick man and he wants you to shove off with that thing. Maybe he thinks you're too old to play with toys. So you squat next to him in the sand and tell him it isn't a toy, it's a model. ...

Cheers to Blue Tyson of the blog Free SF Reader for the link.

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