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The Nail and the Oracle

(2007)
(Book 11 in the Complete Short Stories of Theodore Sturgeon series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
This book contains ten major stories by the master of science fiction, fantasy, and horror written during the 1960s. The controversial “If All Men We re Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?” shows the author's technique of “ask the next question” used in a way that shatters social conventions. “When You Care, When You Love” offers a prescient vision of the marriage of deep obsessive love and genetic manipulation, written long before actual cloning techniques existed. “Runesmith” constitutes a rare example of Sturgeon collaborating with a legendary colleague, Harlan Ellison. Included also are two other rarities: two detective stories and a Western that showcase Sturgeon's knack for characterization and action outside his usual genre. “Take Care of Joey” has been read as an allusion to the complex personal relationship between Sturgeon and Ellison, while “It Was Nothing, Really!” hilariously skewers the mores of the military-industrial complex. As always, these stories demonstrate not only Sturgeon's brilliant wordplay but also his timeliness, with “Brown-shoes” and “The Nail and the Oracle” standing out as powerful commentaries on the use and abuse of power that might have been written yesterday.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Nail and the Oracle: Volume XI: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (v. 11)
Author(s): Theodore Sturgeon
ISBN: 1-55643-661-0 / 978-1-55643-661-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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October 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nail and the Oracle (The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon Book 11)
Author(s): Theodore Sturgeon
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April 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Nail and the Oracle: Volume XI: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
Author(s): Theodore Sturgeon
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA