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Dan Gurlick was a drunken bully--until he became infected with an alien spore. Now Gurlick is part of the Medusa, a galaxy-spanning hive mind comprising a billion life forms--a near-omnipotent intelligence horrified by humanity, and determined to destroy the unsuspecting human race in order to save it. To Marry Medusa is vintage Sturgeon, a treat for fans and newcomers alike. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Praise for Theodore Sturgeon
“A master storyteller certain to fascinate all sorts of readers and not merely science fiction fans.” —Kurt Vonnegut
- ASIN : B00CADHJKE
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy; Lst Vintage Books ed edition (April 30, 2013)
- Publication date : April 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 5178 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 162 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #727,306 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beyond the simple concept of a hivemind and it's potential susceptibility to global control by an alien invader, Sturgeon intersperses a series of vignettes that basically offers glimpses of the dark side of an intelligent species lacking a hivemind. The result is that while the alien hopes to initiate a hivemind and thus present a route for its total control over humanity, the opposite results as humanity is now in a position to cast aside their petty differences and shallow personal desires and unite to defeat the alien. There's also the situation of alien first contact being forced to interact with the most cantankerous, frustrating, and all around disagreeable human on the planet that adds a comedic element to an otherwise serious storyline.
Unfortunately this compelling story gets a little lost in the threads of other mortals that only tangentially forward the story. While the novel is not long, it feels like it would have made an even better short story.
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Theodore Sturgeon's To Marry Medusa, originally published as the longer novel The Cosmic Rape in 1958, is a not just an exciting hivemind science fiction story, it's also a beautiful but frightening speculation about what life would be like if humans shared a collective consciousness. At first the idea is naturally horrifying, but Sturgeon makes us reconsider by interspersing humanity's response to Medusa with vignettes of several characters experiencing loneliness, loss, lust, jealousy, fear, or budding faith. A group mind could be a powerful thing, but if we all share the same mind, what is the value of one of us?
I listened to Blackstone Audio's version of To Marry Medusa, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki who is the reason I chose to read this book in audio format. As always, he does a great job except that I think he said the word "unties" when he meant "unites" at one point, though perhaps it was a typo in the book. I wouldn't usually pick on something so seemingly trivial, but those two words have opposite meanings and, in this context, it confused me for a moment.
For such an old SF hivemind story, To Marry Medusa is surprisingly fresh and deeply thought-provoking. I'm putting the rest of Theodore Sturgeon's work on my TBR list.
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The story begins fairly slowly, setting up a lot of unrelated scenes, and builds gradually until there is a wonderful rush from about two-thirds of the way through, building until the end. I was in such a hurry to read it that I found the final chapter slightly confusing and had to re-read it twice to work out who won. Undoubtedly my failing!
What let this book down unfortunately, was the style of the narrative which was reminiscent of all those '70s disaster movies (very different people in one situation, all reacting) and it felt a bit tired. although I was well-aware this was written years before The Poseiden Adventure and Towering Inferno and probably appeared fresh in the '50s.
All-in-all, an excellent story by a master of sci-fi which failed because it was dated. NOT Sturgeon's fault, but my own fault for not being old enough to enjoy it at the time of writing .