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To Marry Medusa | [Theodore Sturgeon]

To Marry Medusa

Up until one minute ago, Gurlick was merely a specimen of homo sapiens, and a substandard specimen at that. But now, this craven, seething, barely literate drunk has ingested a spore that traveled light years before touching down on our planet...a spore that has, in turn, ingested Gurlick, turning him into a host for the Medusa. The Medusa is a hive mind so vast that it encompasses the life forms of a billion planets - and it is determined to ingest Earth as well.
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Up until one minute ago, Gurlick was merely a specimen of homo sapiens, and a substandard specimen at that. But now, this craven, seething, barely literate drunk has ingested a spore that traveled light years before touching down on our planet...a spore that has, in turn, ingested Gurlick, turning him into a host for the Medusa. The Medusa is a hive mind so vast that it encompasses the life forms of a billion planets - and it is determined to ingest Earth as well.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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.)

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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-06-09
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-06-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to Listen to"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-14-09
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I thought it was fantastic sci-fi"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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