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More Than Human

byTheodore Sturgeon

Paperback | July 20, 1999

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In this genre-bending novel—among the first to have launched sci-fi into the arena of literature—one of the great imaginers of the twentieth century tells a story as mind-blowing as any controlled substance and as affecting as a glimpse into a stranger's soul. 

There's Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people's thoughts and make a man blow his brains out just by looking at him. There's Janie, who moves things without touching them, and there are 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 compose a single organism that may represent the next step in evolution, and the final chapter in the history of the human race. As the protagonists of More Than Human struggle to find out who they are and whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Theodore Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging, with suspense, pathos, and a lyricism rarely seen in science fiction.

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards

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Theodore Sturgeon was born in Staten Island, New York in 1918. He lived in New York City, upstate New York, and Los Angeles. In addition to More Than Human, winner of the International Fantasy Award, he is the author of Venus Plus X; To Marry Medusa; The Dreaming Jewels; and numerous other books and stories. He won the Hugo and Nebula ...
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Title:More Than HumanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.52 inPublished:July 20, 1999Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375703713

ISBN - 13:9780375703713

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great find! I randomly picked this book to read and it was fantastic! I loved the concept and it became the first of many Theodore Sturgeon books I have now read
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Part 1 is set up for the much more interesting parts 2 and 3 Pros: parts 2 & 3 are brilliantly written with an interesting message, very diverse cast of characters / Cons: part 1 has several purposely obscure but important pieces of information, 1950s racial situations/terminology / This is the kind of book that makes me question my 'if I'm not enjoying it, stop reading it' policy. The book is split into 3 parts, and I actively disliked part 1 while finding parts 2 and 3 brilliant. Had this not been a review book, I would have stopped reading in part 1, which would have been a shame. Part 1 introduces the decently large cast of very diverse characters including a mentally handicapped man, a baby that won't grow, two black girls, etc. It does this by jumping from person to person, often giving descriptions via characters who see the world... differently. Lone, for example, is mentally challenged and only towards the end of the section does he develop speech and anything close to a 'normal' understanding of events. But his scenes are still written in an understandable way. / The author, however, purposefully obscured certain events in this part of the book making the reader guess what's going on. By the time you understand the situation, you have to go back and reevaluate what's happened. For example, there's a father who has secluded himself and his two daughters on a piece of land. It's easy to assume from things in the text that he's sexually abusing his oldest daughter. Or maybe he's just beating her to drive out her sexual awakening. Or maybe nothing abusive is happening at all besides the girls being locked up. Even after finishing the book I'm not sure which it was, though later events make me assume it's the second scenario. / The first section is set-up for the rest of the book, and the characters the author spends so much time introducing aren't as active in the other two parts (they're mentioned and shown in flashbacks in part 2 and only one of them shows up for any length of time in part 3, with the others having bit parts). / Modern readers will find a few scenes uncomfortable as 1950s racial prejudice is portrayed, including period terminology. / Parts 2 and 3 have a lot more suspense and drive behind them. While I felt like putting part 1 down and not picking it back up, parts 2 and 3 had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The writing was clear, linear and the author tantilized you with bits of the answer at a time. / The ending was great and worth pushing through the first section to get to.
Date published: 2012-09-29

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From one of the greatest practitioners of science fiction comes a genre-bending novel that is as affectingly humane as it is speculatively daring.There's Lone, who can make a man blow his own brains out just by looking at him. There's Janie, who moves things without touching them, and the unique power of the teleporting twins. 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 compose a single organism that may represent the next step in evolution. As the protagonist of More Than Human struggle to find out whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Theodore Sturgeon explores the questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging, with sophistication and lyricism rarely seen in science fiction.

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Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards