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More Than Human por Theodore Sturgeon
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More Than Human (original 1953; edição 1998)

por Theodore Sturgeon (Autor)

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In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi 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.… (mais)
Membro:theodoram
Título:More Than Human
Autores:Theodore Sturgeon (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (1998), Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed, 192 pages
Colecções:Read in 2020, A sua biblioteca
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A book that makes you imagine, in the tradition of the best works of science fiction. It tackles the question of how humans will evolve next, and answers it in a plausible, if unexpected, way. Well worth the read. And a good story to boot! ( )
  TomMcGreevy | Sep 8, 2021 |
More Than Human
by Theodore Sturgeon

I read this when I was a teen, some 40+ years ago. I can't say I remember anything about it from then but I read almost all his books out at the time. This was nice to revisit to see if it jogged any memories but it didn't. I have too many past books stored up there! Lol! Many must have been reshelved.
The story is about a variety of children who have odd gifts and sometimes physical quirks that make them freaks to most.
I enjoyed how the author followed each character and the reader got to learn about each one and their gift. Then showed how they meshed together. This was very character driven! Janie was my favorite although the twins were pretty amazing!
Some of the first parts were a bit slow but it picked up. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jun 30, 2021 |
It’s difficult to provide a teaser for this story without spoiling anything. I went into it blind and was pretty confused about what I was reading at the beginning, but it soon starts to make sense, and seeing the bigger picture form was part of the fun. I’ll just talk about the very beginning. In the beginning, we’re introduced to an “idiot”. He doesn’t speak, he doesn’t seem to have any intelligent thoughts, he doesn’t have a family or a home. He wanders around, with no reliable source of food or shelter. Sometimes people mistreat him, sometimes people help him. Sometimes, if he gets really desperate, people do exactly what he needs them to do, even if they didn’t want to.

This book was published in 1953. For the most part, it aged well and it’s very readable. It appears to be set around the time when it was published, and there aren't many references to technology anyway, so there aren’t as many jarring moments compared to books from the same time period that focus more heavily on technology. I didn't notice much sexism. There were a couple of racist characters, but they weren't intended to be likeable and we didn’t spend much time with them. The main thing that startled me and frequently reminded me I was reading an older book was the use of the term mongoloid.

Most of the fun for me was in learning what exactly the point of this weird story was, as well as guessing and learning about what happened in the parts of the story that weren’t told in a linear manner. I thought the journey was better than the destination, though -- the ending fell flat for me. I have more comments on that behind the spoiler tags below. I’m rating this 3.5 stars, because I enjoyed it while I read it, but rounding down to 3 on Goodreads because I wasn’t very satisfied with it by the end.

In the last few pages, Gerry gets a mental lecture on ethics from Hip and then suddenly Gerry grasps this concept (a concept that he’s been exposed to before), he feels ashamed of himself, the gestalt adds Hip to their group to be the “prissy” part, and now the gestalt has suddenly become an ethical creature that will do great things for the world and is promptly inducted into the great secret society of gestalts. It was too pat.

I also had some issues with the other gestalts immediately welcoming the new one into the fold. How often do we see people in real life say they’ve come to some great understanding or decision, something that will improve their attitudes or their behavior? How often do we then see their good intentions go by the wayside as soon as they meet a significant challenged? Maybe they keep trying and do better after the second or third or fourth challenge, maybe they don’t. Maybe they get even worse than before. This new gestalt hasn’t done anything to prove itself yet. If they weren’t ready 5 or 10 minutes ago, how are they suddenly ready now just because one of their parts has accepted a new idea but not yet put it into practice?
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1 vote YouKneeK | Jun 5, 2021 |
A thought provoking work on humanity

Theodore Sturgeon at his best. What is humanity and how will it evolve? Written in the early 50s, this story is much less race and gender biased than many others written at this time. While the author projects his moral and ethical values, he shows a thoughtful and considered view of what might be and manages to spin a remarkably entertaining tale at the same time. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
More three connected stories than a novel, but still a classic. The first story is the strongest and holds up amazingly well. It navigates the interweaved lives of Lone, the idiot, Alice and Evelyn, the sisters imprisoned by a sadistic father, Jane the telekinetic, and, to a lesser extent, Beanie and Bonnie the African American teleporting toddlers, the Prodds, a farming couple, and... Baby, though Baby becomes more relevant later. This first story lets the reader be as lost as its protagonists, who are growing up either abused or ignored. Their secret is revealed very gradually and organically. The second story, "Baby is Three", is more of its time -- a classic 1950's narrative trope of some revealing a backstory in a psychotherapist's office. The tone will remind many of Heinlein. It's a very good Heinlein story, but not as groundbreaking as the first story. The final story is the weakest. It focuses on a character introduced in the first story but dropped after one page. This is one of those "amnesiac gradually remembers" stories. It begins well but devolves into way too much talking and exposition, some of it to try and defend and bolster a creaky plot. To make it more frustrating, the closing lines of the second story and the title of the third story already clearly established where things were going.

This was one of my favorite books half a century ago. Still recommended. ( )
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In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi 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.

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