More Than Human

By Theodore Sturgeon

From one of many maximum practitioners of technology fiction comes a genre-bending novel that's as affectingly humane because it is speculatively daring.

There's Lone, who could make a guy blow his personal brains out simply by him. there is Janie, who strikes issues with no touching them, and the original strength of the teleporting twins. there is child, who invented an antigravity engine whereas nonetheless within the cradle, and Gerry, who has every little thing it takes to run the area -- apart from a moral sense. individually, they're proficient freaks. jointly they compose a unmarried organism which can signify the next move in evolution. because the protagonist of greater than Human fight to determine whether or not they are supposed to aid humanity or ruin it, Theodore Sturgeon explores the questions of energy and morality, individuality and belonging, with sophistication and lyricism infrequently visible in technological know-how fiction.

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