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More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

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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This is one you must read

I am embarrassed to have made it to the age of 43 without having read this, because it is clearly among the very best science fiction that will ever be written. More Than Human puts you inside the minds of a group of X-Men-like misfits and outcasts (plus one big twist) and extrapolates the likely emotional complications and outcomes. Add in some very clever narrative structure and language that's remarkably simple given its subject, and you end up with one for the ages. If nothing else, you'll see one of the sources for countless other stories you know and love. But I think you'll see something more: a true vision of humanity and its potential future. ( )
  wreichard | Sep 14, 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 |
I give Sturgeon props for his original, unique ideas and occasional inspired metaphors and I have no doubt this book heavily influenced Science Fiction as a genre. In some ways this is a crude version of X-Men. That anyone was writing about telekinesis and gestalt mutant creatures before James Dean could drive is remarkable. That said, this book was not an easy or enjoyable read. At times poetic, but more often, grating, I confess I gave up and opted to “finish” the book by reading the plot summary on Wikipedia. ( )
  sixslug | Jan 18, 2015 |
Unbelievable masterpiece. ( )
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Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pepper, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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