More than Human

More than Human

by Theodore Sturgeon

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ISBN-13: 9780375703713
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 267,606
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

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 Awards for his short story "Slow Sculpture" and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. He died in Eugene, Oregon in 1985.

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More Than Human 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Dr_Apollo More than 1 year ago
As an Avid SF reader I consider this book to be among the best written. Though there is no accounting for taste, I found the book great in almost all aspects.
PallanDavid on LibraryThing 3 days ago
'More than Human' by Theodore Sturgeon - Science Fiction.... Science Fiction????? Wow... if this book had not been part of the Easton Presses Masterpieces of SciFi Catalog, I never would have guessed! But that is where I got it so that is how I tag it! This is how the Collector's Notes explain: "John W. Campbell, who presided over the Golden Age of science fiction as editor of 'Astounding' [Magazine], said the SF potential of rocket flight and atomic power had been used up, and suggested that writers mine for ideas [of] the psychic powers being investigated by Prof. J.B. Rhine at Duke University." This genre was a main focus of SF writing in the earlhy to mid-1050's.This is a book about a group of children with different psychic powers who join as a group and become the next step in the evolution of man. To paraphrase one one character: evolution of the psyche rather than the physical. They work together as a unit in order to accomplish tasks, a unit that grows up together and remain as a group as they grow into adulthood. This is a story of individuals with the ability to have absolute power over others, and how they do and do not follow that course.The first third of Part I was difficult for me to follow, it jumps between characters who seemingly have nothing to do with one another. The only thread of a hint of the story line is that they all have a different psychic power. But keep with it, those Individual threads come together in a powerful manner. As I read it, I realized it was asking many questions of the reader concerning evolution of man, morality, ethics, companionship and being alone in the world. For me, the "end" of the book was more of a conclusion of a third story (the tree parts of this book were originally published as three separate short stories concerning the same individuals) than the ending of a tale. It presents a manner in which this group of psychic individuals can grow, expand, "replicate" and leaves a possible thread for a 4th Part telling the tale of the next important event in thier lives.If you are the type of SF fan who has a focus on aliens, space travel, war on far away planets, this is not for you. If you are one who will accept the idea that SF, if not now, has at one time in the past focused on ideas other than the above list, you will enjoy this book. If you are not "into" stories about the psyche, I suggest you read this anyway, it is bound to open you to a genre which is part of the history of SF writing.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This was very difficult to finish reading... I see now that it was originally written as 3 short stories (sort of), and that explains how disjointed it is. But... it wasn't this disjointedness that bothered me as much as... well, the pseudo-psychobabble in it. The whole middle section is a scene in a psychologist's office, the point of which was only half to continue the storyline, the other half was to explore late 1950's psychotherapy methods.If late 1950's psychotherapy methods still held valid today, it might have been okay, but it was all psychojunk that has fallen to the wayside in the the current treatment methods of "drug 'em", don't hypnotize 'em.Anyway, I suppose in its original era it would have been fresh and exciting, but we've had nearly 60 years of better sci-fi, better "human super-evolution" and better psychological exploration fiction. I'll mark it down as a classic sci-fi and be glad that I won't have to read it again.
phillybrarian on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Sturgeon writes like a poet, thinks like a psychologist, understands like a philosopher.
duhrer on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I sat down to write this review after reading "More than Human" by Theodore Sturgeon and "Cryptozoic" by Brian Aldiss within a day of each other. I had thought at first that "Cryptozoic" was the older work, and had hoped that might explain the somewhat dated feel of "Cryptozoic" and the apparent modernity of "More Than Human". In fact, "More Than Human" was printed in 1953, and "Cryptozoic" in 1967. I suppose what makes "More Than Human" the more timeless work is in part the fact that it tends to show rather than tell. In reading "More Than Human", we experience the evolution of a new communal being as a series of experiences, with words that seem to come naturally from those experiencing it. Rather than telling us about the technology involved through one or more characters, Sturgeon shows us an extended example of evolving human potential and the impact of that evolution on ethics (personal rules for conduct) and morals (societal rules for conduct).This is, in short, a classic.
datrappert on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This seems more like an idea for a book than a book itself. Although some of the individual parts are pretty good, it is disjointed and not as coherent as it needs to be. Nor does it really deliver on the apparently important message about the evolution of human capabilities that Sturgeon is apparently trying to convey. Overall, it was a somewhat frustrating read. Parts of the first few pages are so poorly written that I almost quit.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Wonderfully well written and just as powerful today as when it was first written, this is a true science fiction classic and an obvious influence on later 'mutant' phenomenons such as X-men. My only criticism is that the epilogue adds an unnecessary layer of cheesiness to an otherwise excellent story.
draconismoi on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Look at the original publication date. Then reread the book. The comment he makes about race and equality are freaking amazing! Not to mention the critique of the military. It provides a fascinating look at what we would call disability and eccentricity to see the evolutionary purpose of unique individuals....
clong on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is one of Sturgeon's better known books but frankly I found it more thought-provoking than satisfying. It is a story about a group of characters who all deal with unfair, difficult childhoods, and each grow up in some way deeply flawed, but also each having evolved some sort of extraordinary psychic talent. Through a variety of circumstances they eventually come together to form a sort of symbiotic group organism, something bigger and better than any normal person. I found the characters to be pretty one dimensional, and never developed much sympathy for any of them. Lone, the most interesting of them all, dies a sudden and rather unprepared death partway through the middle section. There is an amusing bit of irony in the anti-gravity mechanism one of them invents to move a stuck tractor that will remain forever unknown to the rest of humanity. I had a particularly hard time making sense of the very beginning (about a psycho-eccentric-recluse-who-is-determined-to-raise-his-daughters-without-any-contact-with-or-awareness-of-a-world-outside-the-walls-of-his-estate part), but the book began to make more sense and move along better as the book progressed. All in all, I much prefer Sturgeon's short fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore that this novel is probably older than you are. Arguably his best book, it is far ahead of it's time. His ability to create suspense, and to maintain it through the finale is a gift to observe. I knew it was brilliant technically in execution, but that enhanced rather than detracted from the suspense. You will be forced to really think about the true meaning well after you're done.
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B-Cyr More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Sci Fi fan and like interesting takes of it.  I seen on Goodreads how underrated this book is and thought I would give it a try.  I like some of the themes in this, and it is worth the read. You can see where this inspired Vonnegut and others.
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Cugel_the_clever More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about several psychics who band together to become something amazing and unheard of. Also this book holds up outstandingly well for a book written in the early 50's. In fact the only real reason you can tell it was written in the 50's is the stand it takes against racism and how the subject is approached. One of the best books about people with psychic powers of all time. So, I say to hell with Carrie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The talented freaks, such as Janie and Lone, meet and possess the organism to end the human race and start evolution