Open Road Integrated Media is pleased to announce the publication of six ebooks by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon. Considered one of the most influential writers of the Golden Age of science fiction, Theodore Sturgeon was praised for the literary style he brought to the genre and his exploration of social issues.
Sturgeon’s iconic 1953 novel More Than Human was considered groundbreaking for science fiction in its stylistic daring, fine characterization, and visionary impact. Offering the idea that the next step in human evolution would be a gestalt organism composed of people with different and strange talents that “bleshed” (blended and meshed), More Than Human was an inspiration to many in the counterculture 1960s, including artists and musicians such as the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
In addition to More Than Human, Open Road Integrated Media is releasing Dreaming Jewels, Godbody, Some of Your Blood, To Marry Medusa, Venus Plus X, as well as a collection of short stories. The ebooks feature an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon that incorporates rare images and never-before-seen documents from sources including the University of Kansas’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author’s own estate.
"I am thrilled that Open Road Media is publishing my father's books in digital format," said Noël Sturgeon, Sturgeon's fourth daughter and trustee of his literary trust. "How I wish that he had lived long enough to experience the internet and the accessibility of digital formats. One of the enduring themes of his work was the notion that if all the world's knowledge was available to all, humanity could reach its potential as a flourishing, peaceful, equal society. We may be a distance from that ideal, but to have his novels and stories published as ebooks is deeply satisfying because I know he would have been so delighted."
Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the International Fantasy Award. In 1985, he was honored with a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.
Below: Sturgeon’s notes for his iconic book More Than Human. (Photo courtesy of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.)