More Than Human
A lot of how we respond to stories is so personal to what we enjoy and what we’ve read before. One thing that I usually like in books is when it thro...more
I knew before beginning that Sturgeon...more
Nominee: Hugo (Retro) Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
It's an act of charity to call this SF at all. It's supposed to be about the emergence of a new species, but from an evolutionary point of view the emergence described could not possibly take place – the whole concept is ridiculously unscientific. The story does contain one authentic science-fiction...more
Written in the 50's and it still didn't seem dated at all! That alone is an astounding feat. Anyway, i don't even think i can begin to...more
“THE IDIOT LIVED IN a black and gray worl...more
Turn to the first page and read - “The idiot lived in a black and grey world, punctuated by the white lightning of hunger and the flickering of fear. His clothes were old and ma...more
The theme of the novel is certainly fascinating -- the emergence of a new human species - homo gestalt (though the ending and hints earlier in the book suggest we've always been it). But Sturgeon left me wanting more - it ended too soon and too patly.
I enjoyed it well enough and am interested in reading more of his work but I don't think I can r...more
I first read "More Than Human" decades ago, I clearly remember liking it very much. However, thanks to my sieve-like memory I have forgotten practically all the details about the book. I va...more
The second part, along with the last few pages of the final chapter, are the sections worth reading. Everything else is dull filler.
I read fiction for narrative first, style second or third. I want a story, not a tradeshow. Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human is, in my opinion, style over story.
What story there is focuses on a group of young individuals who are the next jump in human development, and how they interact (and don’t interact) with the rest of the world. Are they human, or something more? If more, what is their relationship with humanity? These questions play...more
It's difficult to decide if this book (a "fix-up" novel) deserves 4 or 5 stars. Sometimes, Sturgeon's style reminds me of passages in Faulkner's Sound and Fury, when Faulkner is writing from a child's perspective. Other times, it's like he's channeling J.D. Salinger.
Initially, Sturgeon wrote a story called "Baby is Three," published in Galaxy Science Fiction in the early 1950s. That story is the heart of the novel, and the most engaging part of...more
The main "plot" is about humanity, and what makes us human (or in this case, more than human - see what I did there, that's the title of the book.) The author's ideas about this topic are described in the context of a fairly complex plot, weaving in characters and events to create what eventually becomes a fairly impressive tapestry. But...more
Sturgeon writes like a poet, thinks like a psychiatrist, and understands like a philosopher. "His clothes were many-windowed" (p.1). "he lived inside somewhere, apart, and the little link between word and significan...more
From the first paragraph you will notice that the language sets this apart from most writing in the genre.
In addition, the premise and development of the story are so imaginative--this book is often categorized as science fiction, but that label is both too limiting and not quite on the mark. If it is science fiction, it is much more Ray Bradbury than Isaac Asimov--the imaginative explorations are all on the human side of the equation, rather than the techno...more
This is a book of three parts, each part a process of discovery for the reader and at least one of the characters involved who are each trying to find something out about themselves, come into themselves in some way.
I've also said before that he seems so far ahead of his time and it once again becomes apparent in this book. It is a mill...more
This early novel of science fiction was included in the Library of America’s recent publication of “American Science Fiction 1953-1956.” It contained no rocket ships or interplanetary travel, but focused on the future of mankind as it might be influenced by a strange combination of a unique set of forces represented by a collection of what we might call damaged individuals. The main characters in this tale include “a girl, two tongue-tied Negroes...more
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And now, I can add Theodore Sturgeon to that mix.
More that Human is a very interesting read. I really enjoyed the way Sturgeon tells the story. Especially in the last two parts, where the story is uncovered bit...more
poignant, relativement bien écrit et ne faisant, c'est jeureux, appel à aucune des grosses ficelles de la sf que peuvent être une invasion d'ET ou une exposition à la radioactivité. Pourtant, ce roman pose la question de ce que pourrait-être un mutant, dans un sens assez moderne. Et la réponse qui y est faite est assez intéressante.
Toutefois, la réalisation, c'...more
I don't know much about Thedore Sturgeon. I think I'd read one or two of his stories before this, but they hadn't registered much. I knew of his strange name, and had a vague feeling of connection with Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout. I suppose that if you had asked, I might have said I was unsure whether Sturgeon was a real writer, or just some writer's pseudonymic prank.
In short, I was totally unprepared for this book. I was looking...more
The book is about power and the consequences of it ("with great power comes great responsability") but also deals with the notion of evolution, and how it affects humanity.
4 stars , that woul...more
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"Shut up shut up...Everybody's alone."
He nodded. "But some people learn how to live with it.”
"He says only if you love yourself.”