Theodore Sturgeon Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Theodore Sturgeon Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Theodore Sturgeon once said, “All great literature is great because it is fable—because it creates typical and archetypical characters and situations which can be applied outside the work to illuminate the human condition.” He repeatedly insisted that he did not undervalue the science of science fiction, but he clearly inclined toward minimizing technology as a focus for his work; rather, he concentrated on fable, often premising his work on occult matters about which science has had little to say. He said that “in teaching, reviewing, and enjoying science fiction, my emphasis is always on the fiction.” This is, he explained, “because I like writers to be read and remembered and (when they can) to move people and shake...

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