More Than Human Paperback – Dec 29 1998
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* #28 in in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written* 'The corpus of science fiction written by Theodore Sturgeon is the single most important body of science fiction written by anAmerican to date' Samuel R. Delany* 'He brought things to science fiction that had never been there before: eloquence, passion, a love of life, and a fiery poetry that found its natural expression in prose' Robert Silverberg* Winne --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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More Than Human is such a unique novel that some individuals may not consider it science fiction at all; the science wrapped into these pages is of the most abstract and philosophical sort, centering on the question of the future evolution of the human race. The novel is broken up into three very distinct sections, each division marked by a shift in both emphasis and viewpoint. Initially, it can be a little difficult to get your bearings after one of these jumps, but all of the pieces of this giant puzzle come together in the end; I would qualify this by saying that the ultimate resolution happens in the reader's mind and is not necessarily spelled out by the author on the final page. The novel features some rather surprising plot twists along the way, and sometimes the reader may think Sturgeon has wandered far off the beaten track.Read more ›
This is the best science fiction novel ever written. If you are a writer of fiction--whether it be fantasy, sci-fi, or general--you must read this.
Sturgeon was a thinker with a tremendous imagination. I caught myself grinning often at several of his lines, at how he avoided clichés and gave fresh ideas to simple scenes and concepts. In the first section, "The Idiot," I was reminded of the opening of Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury.' (Yes, comparing Sturgeon to Faulkner is NOT a stretch!) The way Sturgeon gets inside Lone's head and lives there is amazing. Wonderful writing that still reads with freshness 50 years later.
Six misfit outcasts, each with a unique gift, form a new step in man's evolution, a gestalt of unbelievable power. I won't go into the social, political, and moral implications of such an idea (Read the book), but the concept by itself is interesting. What Sturgeon does with it is fascinating.
I have not researched Sturgeon very much, but from what I have gathered, he was somewhat of a rogue who loved to examine the dark side of the human psyche. This and his inability to be confined to a nice neat label come across in the writing to present a story that is exciting, awe-inspiring, and most important, honest.
If you've only read a few sf writers from the 50's (such as Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury, Bester, Simak, etc.), expand your horizons with Sturgeon. You won't be sorry.
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.Read more ›
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Damon Knight in his review at the time of the original publication said "It's a single story that goes from here to there like a catenary arc, hits one note like The Last... Read morePublished on June 8 2004
Havine read the much-anthologized "Baby Is Three" multiple times, I've just read this entire "novel. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Trace Reddell
What a wonderful concept for this book, written by one of the "old masters" of SF, and a beginning that sucks you in and compels you forward.... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by Schtinky
I once had my English Professor at University , in the 1960's,
read this novel. And he said, "This is as good as anything Faulkner wrote."
The title of this review says it all. If you haven't read this book, your life is incomplete.Published on Nov. 20 2002
Theodore Sturgeon was a great writer and this is one of his best books. Expanded from the novella "Baby Is Three," which makes up the second of the novel's three parts,... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2001 by John S. Ryan
A very good tale. According to Sturgeon ,the next step in human evolution is not only about having mental powers ,but also functioning on a sinergetic level. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001
Sturgeon describes from the inside out, what it's like to be a Homo Gestalt, a new type of being, the next evolutionairy stage of mankind, in which a group of differently ESP... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by mathilde de gardin