In this mind-wrenching classic of science fiction, the visionary novelist Thomas Sturgeon places humanity on a collision course with an organism of unimaginable power and malevolence and reminds us how much we depend on each other - or even on a wretch like Gurlick.
©1986 The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The magic of Theodore Sturgeon's writing lies in his understanding of the many ways there are to be human." (Larry Niven)
"A master storyteller certain to fascinate." (Kurt Vonnnegut, Jr.)
Originally a short story, the longer version (a "novella") was created by making every second chapter a new chapter dealing with some new extraneous character -- one of the weakest attempts at "padding" I have seen. The characters (new and old) were unappealing, the plot was implausible, and I did not like the narrator. The book was marred by gratuitous cruelty and other unpleasantness. I can accept a few negative characters, but all the characters and situations in this novel were negative until the "hive mind" component at the end. Life is not that dark.
I don't know what other people expect out of their science-fiction, but from what I can gather this is legacy or classic sci-fi. Much like RAH or PKD. As far as I am concerned Theodore Sturgeon was way ahead of his time. Light years.
I enjoyed this novella immensely.
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