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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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The next day, a handsome patron at the restaurant asks her out on a date.

One man gives spontaneous utterance to his thought that the saucer appears like a halo over her head, and hearing this, the girl loses some of her fear; the notion occurs to her that perhaps this object does not mean her harm but rather, it may value her in some way.

He heard about the bottles hereabouts and that she had quit throwing the bottles, and had taken to wandering the dunes at night.

A Saucer of Loneliness

There is in certain living souls 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 by this That in immensity There is one lonelier than you. Margaret runs into her bedroom and cries herself to theodpre. But I love Stanley G. Even though she is plain and awkward, men ask her out in dates, but only in order to find out what the saucer said to her. Sturgeon, though, he was special, a true poet who should never ever be forgotten.

Soon, Margaret’s mother throws her out of the house so she goes to stay at a hotel and, later, when Margaret takes a stroll on the crowded boardwalk, she is approached by a woman who thinks that Jesus spoke to her through the saucer.


He knew why and he ran all the way. Gifts like “A Saucer of Loneliness.

The authorities try to collect all the bottles but eventually give up when they find the same message in each bottle. So she sets off alone, but the wild publicization of her in aturgeon newspapers, radio and television have made her notorious as a suspected mole whose secret knowledge might harm the security of the country.

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The man then explains that he found one of her bottles two years ago and has been looking for her ever since. He tells her that he thinks she is beautiful. It floated down next to her and touched itself to her forehead for lonelinesd second and they then both fell to the ground. They caress the orb together and then it slowly disappears.

Once at the hospital, the young girl is given her own private bedroom something she has never enjoyed in the urban poverty of her lifeand she is shown a care and personal consideration she has never before known. These men are not interested in her but the potential power she keeps locked up in her mind, and some of these pretend courters are agents of foreign powers as well as being agents of her own government, just as the men tailing them are sometimes fifth columnists and sometimes legitimate men of national security.

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A Saucer of Loneliness – Wikipedia

I never knew that science fiction can be this short. Log in No account? This page was last edited on 23 Mayat She begins writing messages and sending them out in bottles, hoping that this pure and anonymous form of communication will loneluness someone real. It had a bigger ocean to cross- all of space- and not much chance of finding anybody.


The time frame is shorter, too, and the episode adds a resolution with the orb which wasn’t present in the original story. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat A man is desperately searching a beach lonelines a young woman whom he suspects will attempt suicide.

He is with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he renders obsequious the formerly swaggering beat-cops, commandeering them to ward off the crowd sturgfon she is borne away on a stretcher to an awaiting ambulance.

The authorities try to collect all the bottles, but give up when they find the same message in each bottle.

Weinbaum He will transform your imagination. They interrogate her about everything but especially about what the saucer had said to her.

They question her exhaustively about every minute detail of her simple and brief existence. Dick Storytelling outside the box. Yet the world of freedom she returns to has utterly changed from what she last knew now months ago. For instance, the loneliness of the woman is obvious from the beginning of the episode, as opposed to the gradual reveal in the short story.

She struggles but he manages to get her ashore. In her loneliness and isolation, she takes to throwing messages in bottles into the ocean. She believes that Margaret has the power to heal but Margaret flees in tears.