Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nancy Kress contemplates Theodore Sturgeon's 1959 short story “The Man Who Lost the Sea”

Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Nancy Kress contemplates “The Man Who Lost the Sea,” a classic short story written by 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 of “The Man Who Lost the Sea”:

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...

Kress recently submitted a new short story to Australian editor Jonathan Strahan for his Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier, a YA near-future anthology scheduled to be published in 2010.

[via Charles Tan of Bibliophile Stalker]

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