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Theodore Sturgeon

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More than Human Summary

On the surface at least, More Than Human embodies some common themes of science fiction: the misfit mutants, superior to and alienated from normal human society; the next stage of human evolution viewed as the development of a higher consciousness linking all humanity; the impact on society of psychic powers. Yet, while Sturgeon's speculations on all these matters are in themselves quite interesting and entertaining, the heart of the novel lies elsewhere; all the science fictional apparatus merely provides him with a set of metaphors that express his abiding concern with the themes of alienation and love.

As several critics have pointed out, More Than Human, like many other science fiction stories, is at a deep level a wishfulfillment fantasy of power. The scorned and neglected children possess remarkable powers. Lone, the hapless idiot, can look into a man's eyes and wordlessly order him to commit suicide; Janie...

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