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More than Human

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First published in 1953, this most celebrated of Sturgeon's works won the International Fantasy Award, as well as the Hugo & Nebula Awards.

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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.

"It's over half a century old, but Sturgeon's novel has dated extremely well and, most importantly, retained the relatability of its core themes. The loneliness and isolation the nascent gestalt beings feel is not appreciably different from that felt by most alienated youth. And the necessity of developing a moral compass as a natural part of passage out of childhood into maturity allows the gestalt to function on a metaphorical level as well. After a fashion, More Than Human is a kind of juvenile delinquency story (a well-traveled theme in much of 1950's fiction, I do believe), complete with the revelation of one's place in the scheme of things and the advantages of choosing cooperation over conflict.

Impressively and unconventionally structured, Sturgeon's narrative is often punctuated by quiet scenes of shattering emotional power, and just as often of irony and wit. (A key element in the plot is the gestalt's casual invention of an anti-gravity device, thought up by the group's 'brain,' a malformed genius baby.) In the final analysis, we're reminded that whichever way we might be headed in this quest we call life, we have to grow up sometime. And that there's nothing wrong with being more than human as long as we don't forget the 'human' part."         ~Thomas M. Wagner,

Author Sturgeon, Theodore
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 186 pp.
Publisher Vintage Books 1999
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