Venus Plus X

· Open Road Media
8 reviews

About this ebook

From Hugo and Nebula winner Theodore Sturgeon comes a seeming utopia: a world with only one gender and no poverty, pollution, or war—but at what cost?
Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home on Earth and delivered to the strange future world of Ledom. Here, violence is a vague and improbable notion. Technology has triumphed over hunger, overpopulation, pollution, and even time and space. But there is a change Charlie finds even more shocking: Gender is a thing of the past. Gone are the tensions between male and female. Gone is the human preoccupation with sex.
As Charlie explores Ledom and its people, he finds his engrained human precepts are profane in this new world. But then why are his hosts so eager for his approval? Something isn’t right about Ledom’s ideal existence. And when cracks begin to appear in its flawless facade, Charlie must unearth the city’s terrible secrets . . . before it’s too late.
Theodore Sturgeon’s visionary tale is literary science fiction at its most brazen and inventive. A scathing critique of American puritanism that unabashedly explores questions of sexuality and gender, it remains as relevant, insightful, provocative, and troubling as when it first appeared in print.
 This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author’s estate, among other sources.

8 reviews
Third-party review
I had a very difficult time following the main story. It seemed to lurch from place to place. And I never understood the purpose of the vignettes about the suburban families and how that was supposed to relate to the main story.
Third-party review
Not a particularly memorable book dealing with human alien interactions, with a great mystery about the alien reproductive pattern.
Third-party review
Everything that great, classic, science fiction should be: filled with fascinating concepts impelling you to question the world we live in on many levels: society, sex, religion, and love.

About the author

Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is considered one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy. The author of numerous acclaimed short stories and novels, among them the classics More Than Human, Venus Plus X, and To Marry Medusa, Sturgeon also wrote for television and holds among his credits two episodes of the original 1960s Star Trek series, for which he created the Vulcan mating ritual and the expression “Live long and prosper.” He is also credited as the inspiration for Kurt Vonnegut’s recurring fictional character Kilgore Trout. Sturgeon is the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the International Fantasy Award. In 2000, he was posthumously honored with a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. 

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