In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. There's Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people's thoughts; Janie, who moves things without touching them; and the teleporting twins, who can travel ten feet or ten miles. There's Baby, who invented an antigravity engine while still in the cradle, and Gerry, who has everything it takes to run the world except for a conscience. Separately, they are talented freaks.
Together, they may represent the next step in evolution - or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging.
©1981 The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"One of the best science fiction novels of the year." ( New York Times)
"A quantum leap in the development of science fiction as an art." ( Washington Post)
"A masterpiece of provocative storytelling." ( New York Herald Tribune)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 19-08-11

better in audio

I read this book over 30 years ago and really could not understand it. Listening to it on audible really help me to understand the book. Unfortunately I still did not like it. It started out fairly interesting, seem like it was going to be a fairy tale. Then it got really deep and really all about talking. TS took so long to draw out his ideas that I was screaming at the radio. You pretty much know where he is going, but it takes him so long to say it. Matter of fact the character would just barely touch the idea and then take three steps back and you had to wait for him to build up to it again and he would skim and step back again. The first third gets four stars the middle and ending get two stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dion on 16-01-10

Must listen

What a fantastic book. Amazingly thought provoking, well read, and written by a writer with a real gift for language.

I am a big fan of Mr. Rudnicki, and although Mr. Ellison is a radical change after listening to Mr. Rudnicki I quickly came to love his narration as well.

If there is any drawback to this book it is that it starts a bit slowly and you find yourself asking where in the world is this thing going? However, it is absolutely worth waiting for.

I highly recommend this book, a fantastic story, an awesome concept, and a very satisfying ending. Enjoy!

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