"Visions and Venturers" by Theodore Sturgeon (1978)
"She closed her eyes, and quietly the answer came, full of pictures; the lute picked up and played; the instant familiarity with the most intricate machine; the stars seen otherwise, and yet again otherwise, and every seeing an honest beauty. A thousand discoveries, and manhood with a rush."
Although this collection was published long after the previously reviewed "A Way Home," the stories found in this volume were originally published at about the same time.
"The Hag Seleen" is a terrible story. Sturgeon wrote it with some guy I've never heard of. It's silly from start to finish.
"The Martian and the Moron" goes into far too much depth with regard to radio technology, and proceeds to the conclusion that less intelligent people are more apt to be conduits for extraterrestrial radio transmissions. I liked the dynamic between the father and son, but Sturgeon could have built up toward the ending a bit better.
"The Nail and the Oracle" is a very clever story, in which a technician working for the U.S. government attempts to work the bugs out of a supercomputer. Reminded me a lot of the Asimov story "Jokester," though it's not as good.
"Won't You Walk--" illustrates how a man gains self-confidence through the use of advanced technology. As with the "Unite and Conquer" story in the "A Way Home" collection, I could see the ending coming a mile away.
"Talent" reads a lot like an episode of The Twilight Zone, with a similar kind of twist at the end. It's a good story, and one of the best in this collection.
"One Foot and the Grave" is Sturgeon trying too hard to be H.P. Lovecraft, and failing miserably. One gets the feeling that he wrote this for a non-science fiction publication.
"The Touch of Your Hand" ends rather arbitrarily, but is by far the most memorable story here. A tribal society discovers its roots in a futuristic civilization. Reminded me of Robert E. Howard - in a good way.
"The Traveling Crag" details an agent's attempt to get a new story from a favored author. The ending is rather stupid, and one gets the feeling that Sturgeon having writer's block at the time he wrote it.