To Marry Medusa
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.