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More Than Human af Theodore Sturgeon
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More Than Human (original 1953; udgave 1989)

af Theodore Sturgeon (Forfatter), Jeff Fisher (Illustrator), Michael Bishop (Introduktion)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:More Than Human
Forfattere:Theodore Sturgeon (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Jeff Fisher (Illustrator), Michael Bishop (Introduktion)
Info:The Easton Press
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses, Masterpieces of Science Fiction
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Nøgleord:science fiction

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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 stem 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. ( )
3 stem ChrisRiesbeck | Dec 22, 2020 |
I have no explanation for my deep love of this novel. It's hokey and ridiculous and overwrought and leaves bushels of interesting themes all over the place, unassembled. It's hopelessly dated. I love it. I connect with these very implausible characters. I revere this author for writing with such careless abandon of form or plot and who still keeps me riveted. This may have been my fourth or fifth reading of this particular novel. It's one of my security-blanket books. ( )
1 stem poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
Evidently Sturgeon's novel is prototypical New Wave SF: characters emphasised over science, competing ideas and ideals foregrounded while chases and battles sidelined. The storytelling is well done, from prose to structure and plotting.

Sturgeon uses a distinctive narrative voice: stylised, meant to represent a non-neurotypical intelligence, and achieves that memorably. He does this three times, actually: the first and third parts are in third-person omniscient; the 2nd in first person, each time following a different character. He pairs these voices with an exceedingly economical prose style: this is a short novel, reads fast, but contains a lot of content in that short narrative. Some of that is the prose: poetic but clear, unadorned, it's the combination of simple words not a selection of fancy or unusual words. But just as crucial to the style is the novel's structure and plotting. Three intertwined novellettes or novellas, a focus on short scenes which show rather than tell, with much action relayed retrospectively (either reviewing memories, or relaying history in brief episodes). There are overlapping characters but from different time periods.

Against all this, Sturgeon stays alert both to the implications of his ideas, and also their potential. His plots and premises often flow because they start not "at the beginning", but in medias res. Such choices grab the reader's attention, and Sturgeon lets the full picture resolve naturally, unspooling details and background until the story's uncertain images come into focus. The denouement dilates from his central idea, reflecting on how human evolution, as he conceives it, raises distinct ethical questions for his characters. Sturgeon's finale accommodates both the preceding conflict and thematic ambition, a mix of plot climax and conceptual revelation.

I really enjoyed the concept and how Sturgeon realised it, overall a welcome counterweight to the prevailing Marvel / DC approach to superheroes. While Sturgeon never uses the term "superhero" (referring instead to Homo gestalt), arguably a new kind of superhero is precisely what he describes. ( )
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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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