More Than Human

{4.5/5} “He was in the wood, numbly prying the bark from a dead oak, when it happened. His hands were still and his head came up hunting, harking. He was as aware of the pressures of spring as an animal, and slightly more than an animal could be. But abruptly the spring was more than heavy, hopeful air and the shifting the earth with life. A hard hand on his shoulder could have been no more tangible than this call.”

Lone may not be very smart but he can read minds. Eventually he finds other people who can do things most people can’t do. He finds Janie, who can move things with her mind. Bonnie and Beanie, twins who can disappear and appear somewhere else. And Baby, a baby who never gets any bigger but knows everything about everything. When they all work together they can do things that no one has ever done before — they call it bleshing.

More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon was published in 1953.

What would happen if a small number of people developed abilities that were more than human? I suppose that’s a common question, but it’s explored in an interesting way here. What morals would this new species have?

The book reminds me of Alfred Bester’s work in two ways. One is that, aside from a small number of out-of-date words, it reads like it was written yesterday. The second is the way he plays with language.

Sturgeon wrote a couple of Star Trek episodes, and I’ve read a small number of his short stories — this is the first book of his I’ve read.

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