Venus Plus XTheodore Sturgeon’s visionary tale sends a man into a utopian future, where perfection has been achieved at a shocking cost—especially for our ideas about gender
Nothing about Charlie Johns’s life is particularly unusual until the day he wakes up in the future. Suddenly surrounded by impossible architecture and technology, Charlie finds himself warmly welcomed by the citizens of Ledom, a fantastic, futuristic Eden with no poverty, no pollution, no wars, no strife, and only one gender. Everything Charlie has always believed about men, women, and sexual identity has been proven wrong, and now he is being asked by his eager hosts to judge their perfect society before he returns to his own time. But something isn’t quite right about Ledom’s ideal existence—and when cracks begin to appear in its flawless façade, Charlie must unearth the city’s hidden secrets . . . before it’s too late. Sturgeon’s Venus Plus X 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.
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“The corpus of science fiction produced by Theodore Sturgeon is the single most important body of science fiction by an American.” —Samuel R. Delany
“The magic of Theodore Sturgeon’s writing lies in his understanding of the many ways there are to be human.” —Larry Niven
“One of the masters of modern science fiction.” —The Washington Post
“It’s interesting to read Venus’ sexual commentary in the wake of a second wave of feminism, the gay liberation, and the sexual revolution of the ’60s. Obviously, in 1960 the novel was way ahead of its time. It has lost some of that power, but its critique of American prudence still holds.” —City Paper (Baltimore)
About the author
Theodore Sturgeon is considered one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy. He is the author of numerous acclaimed short stories and novels, among them the classics More Than Human, Venus Plus X, and To Marry Medusa.