Kurt Vonnegut cites Theodore Sturgeon as the inspiration for his character Kilgore Trout. This volume includes 12 stories from , considered Sturgeon’s. by Theodore Sturgeon If she’s dead, I thought, I’ll never find her in this white flood of moonlight on the white sea, with the surf seething in and. X Minus One aired Theodore Sturgeon’s “A Saucer of Loneliness” on January 9, It appeared originally in the February issue of.

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A Saucer of Loneliness – Wikipedia

These, Theodore Sturgeon did wonderfully as exemplified by his stories. I never knew that science fiction can be this short. Most science fiction I have came across spent pages after pages describing the technology of the futuristic world and even more pages describing the interactions between lonelines characters.

The volume I am reading is the 7 th collection of all his works. Summary – A Saucer of Loneliness from Wikipedia. A man is desperately searching a beach for a young woman whom he suspects will attempt suicide.

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He spots her in the ocean and plunges in to save her. She struggles but he manages to get her ashore. She starts to sauver him her story: It floated down next to her and touched itself to her forehead for a second and they then both fell to the ground. While recovering, a small crowd gathers around her.


A policeman shows up, the crowd increases in size and an FBI agent arrives. The girl sits up and announces that the saucer spoke to her. The FBI man orders her to shut up loneliess takes both the girl and the now-silent saucer into custody.

The authorities obtain no information from the saucer and from the girl.

They interrogate her about everything especially about what the saucer had said to her. Finally, she was released. Even though she is plain and awkward, men ask her out in dates, but only to find out theodkre the saucer said. Every now and then reporters track her down to ask about the saucer.

A Saucer of Loneliness

lonsliness Finally, she resorted to taking a job as a night cleaner so that no one else will see her. In her lonliness and isolation, she takes to throwing messages in bottles out into the ocean. The authorities try to collect all the bottles, but give up when they find the same message in each bottle. What they wanted was a new weapon. A quality of loneliness unspeakable. So great it must be shared. As company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know lonelines this.


There is one lonelier than you. You sit and think fheodore someone finding it … learning for the first time that the worst there is can be understood. It was a bottle with a message inside.

It had a bigger ocean to cross- all sturegon space- and not much chance of finding anybody. The man then explains that he found her bottles two years ago and has been looking for her ever since.

He heard about the bottles hereabouts and that she had quit throwing the bottles, and had taken to wandering the dunes at night. He knew why and he ran all the way.

He tells her that he thinks she is beautiful. She said nothing, but it was as if a light came from her, more light and far less shadow than the practiced moon could cast.

Among the many things it meant was that even to loneliness there is an end, for those who are lonely enough, long enough. Log in No account? A Saucer of Loneliness by Theodore Sturgeon.