More Than Human Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jun 2010
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Theodore Sturgeon created very human characters with real, intensely observed emotions. More Than Human (1953) is his story of a Gestalt or group mind, not a chilly super-intellect but a painfully assembled band of talented misfits. Lone is telepathic but a literal idiot; Janie, an abused runaway girl, moves things with her mind; Bonnie and Beanie, very young black twins, can teleport; Baby has a computer-like brain and also Downs syndrome.
In part one, this crippled Gestalt is movingly brought together from the wreckage of members' past lives. Part two sees Lone replaced by the psychologically damaged Gerry, a murderer at age eight: he must, agonisingly, confront his reasons for killing the benefactor who cherished them as individuals but menaced the all-important group. (The twins can't eat with the white folks; Baby should go to a home...) Part three artfully echoes the previous sections' long healing of Lone's body and Gerry's mind, with the now-grown Janie defiantly rehabilitating an unfortunate victim of Gerry's misused talents. Although the Gestalt is now tremendously powerful, there's still one important factor missing.
"Does a superman have super-hunger, Gerry? Super-loneliness?"
Sturgeon wrote beautifully, from the famous opening--"The idiot lived in a black and grey world, punctuated by the white lightning of hunger and the flickering of fear."--through moments of great poignancy, and unexpected images, like a starved man seeing marmalade as stained glass. More Than Human won the International Fantasy Award and holds up well today. This is recommended. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Award winning tale of alienation, evolution and humanity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is science fiction without robots, computers or space travel, that could be set any time since the early 20th century. But as an imagining of humanity's future it is superior to most 'futuristic' SF.
It's a speculation on human evolution that manages to be philosophically intriguing on a number of levels — on one hand an inquiry into the function and origins of morality, on the other a plea for liberty and 'experiments in living' that John Stuart Mill would have been proud of. The conflicting human urges towards both independence and society are sensitively portrayed, and there are startling moments of both horror and compassion. Between the lines there is also the sad recognition that we often hamper our own development, on whatever level, because of fear and ignorance.
'More than Human' is a brief but dense read. I imagine it will well repay repeated visits and should outlast most genre fiction.
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 ›
I liked this book because I found the overall concept interesting, however sometimes books can simply be harder to get into due to the way they are written. After the first chapter it was definitely an effort to follow, thus I am giving only 3 stars, however I persevered.
The idea that each human is a cell that is part of a larger collective is now not a new concept, since we see it regularly in TV science fiction (the borg in Star Trek) and films, possibly when this book was written it was much more original. (It was written in the 1953s)
You can tell how dated the book is now, as there are some elements that are racist, but I think mostly this is simple due to the era it was written.
The main characters roles (for most of the book) are played out by an Idiot, a baby, a set of twin girls and a young woman. The book starts by introducing us to the difficulties that each individual has faced in their lives, possibly explaining that their situations have caused some of them to gain these powers.
One of the the more interesting aspects is towards the end, where you get to see the struggles and inner dynamics of the new organism, and how it thinks it will, or can, fit into the world.
Overall if you like science fiction, I think this book is a recommended read.
The so called Gestalt that is the name given to the new group is anything but super intelligent and draws together a set of misfits that really all have their own agenda -- although some of the 'parts' don't really understand what is happening.
The novel was first published in the 1950s' and won awards in its day - Fifty years on the book still sends a chill down the spine and is very relevant to todays society.
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Great in its time and needs to be read as such.
A bit patronising. Lots of telling rather than showing.
Styles of writing change and we are less verbose today.
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