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More Than Human (original 1953; edition 2007)

by Theodore Sturgeon

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Title:More Than Human
Authors:Theodore Sturgeon
Info:Gollancz SFG Masterworks (2007), Edition: New Ed, Paperback
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More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (1953)

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    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (rickyrickyricky)
    rickyrickyricky: Well, More Than Human is the sci-fi Sound+Fury, so get to it, fans!
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Explores the possibilities of human consciousness in the mind-bending concept of "blesh" (a combination of blend and mesh). By our outcasts we are transformed. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Sturgeon's law: "ninety percent of everything is crap."
That's as may be but More Than Human is definitely in the 10% non-crap segment.

I love good short novels, more than good long ones (nobody likes bad novels at any length). The way I see it the reader gets so much more from each percentage of the book. For the amount of time put into reading the book it just seems more profitable to me. YMMV of course, long books have their own advantages.

I first read "More Than Human" decades ago, I clearly remember liking it very much. However, thanks to my sieve-like memory I have forgotten practically all the details about the book. I vaguely remembered (somewhat incorrectly) that it has something to do with a mutant with some kind of psychic abilities. I was close, but undeserving of a cigar. The book is basically about *homo-gestalt*, a sort of hive mind with each member performing the role of a body part in a super-body. It is about much more than that of course. The themes include the importance of morality (or ethics), accountability, and compassion.

Sturgeon's prose is poetic, his style is more akin to Ray Bradbury than Asimov. That said, the book is not at all hard to follow, except for a chapter where events kind of move backward, which I found a little puzzling but it is totally clarified later on.

What amazes me is why Theodore Sturgeon is not more popular or well known today, most of his books are out of print. A single paragraph from this book is worth more than the entire Twilight trilogy put together. ( )
  apatt | Dec 26, 2015 |
Classic sci-fi first published in 1953. A group of people with special powers combine to form a new evolutionary entity. Combine a baby who is a genius and can telepathically communicate answers to difficult questions, twins who teleport here and there and anywhere, the simpleton who can read and even control minds, the girl who can move objects telepathically, the guy who could run the world. They lack a conscience and without morality or ethics could wreak havoc. Find out if and how they get this moral compass, experiencing the consequences along the way. ( )
  jwood652 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Classic sci-fi first published in 1953. A group of people with special powers combine to form a new evolutionary entity. Combine a baby who is a genius and can telepathically communicate answers to difficult questions, twins who teleport here and there and anywhere, the simpleton who can read and even control minds, the girl who can move objects telepathically, the guy who could run the world. They lack a conscience and without morality or ethics could wreak havoc. Find out if and how they get this moral compass, experiencing the consequences along the way. ( )
  jwood652 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Definitely dated - filled with psychological and philosophical babble typical of an older age. The ending went out with a light pitter-patter rather than a bang. Nonetheless still an interesting read with off beat protagonists and a decent pace ( )
  aarondesk | Feb 2, 2015 |
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Theodore Sturgeonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goodfellow, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pepper, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The idiot lived in a black and gray world, punctuated by the white lightning of hunger and the flickering of fear.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375703713, Paperback)

First published in 1953, this most celebrated of Sturgeon's works won the International Fantasy Award.

In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched science fiction into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. There's Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people's thoughts; Janie, who moves things without touching them; and the teleporting twins, who can travel ten feet or ten miles. There's Baby, who invented an antigravity engine while still in the cradle, and Gerry, who has everything it takes to run the world except for a conscience. Separately, they are talented freaks. Together, they may represent the next step in evolution -- or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging, with suspense, pathos, and a lyricism rarely seen in science fiction.

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Lone, Janie, Baby, and Gerry, each possessed of an unusual talent, discover that together they are superhuman and must decide whether to use their powers for good or evil.

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