Godbody – Theodore Sturgeon

An assortment of indirectly linked residents of a small town interact with a mysterious stranger. From what I’ve read of Theodore Sturgeon’s work before, Robert Heinlein and Stephen Donaldson seemed unlikely choices for, respectively, the foreword and afterword. On dipping into the novel, however, it began to make sense. Sturgeon’s Godbody is in some ways an amalgam of Heinlein’s own two Smiths – Woodrow Wilson and Valentine Michael, and the focus on a ‘free love…

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To Marry Medusa – Theodore Sturgeon

A tiny seed of the global hive organism Medusa has waited patiently on Earth, until at length it meets homeless misfit Dan Gurlick and uses him as the instrument of its fusion with humanity. Except that humanity isn’t what Medusa expected. I blame Kurt Vonnegut. By naming his character Kilgore Trout, he caused me to question the existence of (and therefore disregard) Theodore Sturgeon. This will be my third and final complaint about the issue,…

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The Dreaming Jewels – Theodore Sturgeon

Horty is injured by his foster father and runs away, joining a carnival. With the help of a friend, he gradually discovers some unusual powers. I continue to kick myself for not discovering Theodore Sturgeon earlier. This book is not on a topic I’d normally have considered picking up, but I found it well written and engaging throughout. The SF element is technically crucial to the concept, but in fact it’s not essential to the…

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More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon

Three people with special powers form a gestalt, but then take on a loner without clear morals. I don’t know much about Thedore Sturgeon. I think I’d read one or two of his stories before this, but they hadn’t registered much. I knew of his strange name, and had a vague feeling of connection with Kurt Vonnegut’s Kilgore Trout. I suppose that if you had asked, I might have said I was unsure whether Sturgeon…

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