To Marry Medusa

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Vintage Books, 1998 - Fiction - 154 pages
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In this mind-wrenching classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer Theodore Sturgeon places an unwitting humanity on a collision course with an organism of unimaginable power and immeasurable malevolence.

Until recently, Gurlick was a substandard specimen of Homo sapiens. 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 and turned him into a host for the Medusa, a hive mind so vast that it encompasses the life forms of a billion planes -- and is determined to ingest Earth as well. Crackling with suspense, overflowing with invention, and startling in its compassion, To Marry Medusa is a tour de force from one of the great imaginers of the golden age of speculative fiction.

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An interesting concept with pretentious, thick writing covering it; I made it through the first 100 pages before giving up. I'm not sure if it's poor execution or necessarily too complex, bit I can't recommend this one.

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About the author (1998)

Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City on February 26, 1918. He sold his first short story, Heavy Insurance, while serving in the United States Merchant Marine from 1935 to 1938. He won numerous awards including the 1954 International Fantasy Award for More than Human, the 1970 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Slow Sculpture, and the 1985 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000. He died of pneumonia in Eugene, Oregon on May 8, 1985.

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