We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 8th favorite read has telepathy, vintage sexism, and strange mindmelds. Read on to find out that my 8th favorite read this year was…
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
We’re traveling back in time today to an oldie but a goodie; I read classic science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human this year, and I’m still thinking about it. This series of odd vignettes that draw together to a startling and philosophical union is always strange, often chilling, and often downright disturbing. But it also has its redemptive side.
More than Human sets a high bar for entry. It begins following the perspective of someone who seems less than human — an individual barely able to comprehend its own existence or the existence of others. Yet in spite of this character’s obvious deficiencies, he seems to possess something special, something the human race has never seen before. As the story moves from character to character, we meet a host of misfit people who possess strange abilities. By putting them all together, they might add up to something that is altogether extraordinary. Sturgeon was interested in the process of human evolution, and what form its next revolutionary leap might take. His hypothesis strains believability, yet raises still-lasting questions about what makes us human, and what could make us become larger than ourselves.
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