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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Sturgeon Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455194322
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Up until one minute ago, Gurlick was merely a specimen of homo sapiens, and a substandard specimen at that. 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, turning him into a host for the Medusa, a hive mind so vast that it encompasses the life forms of a billion planets—a hive mind that is determined to ingest Earth as well.

In this mind-wrenching classic of science fiction, visionary novelist Theodore Sturgeon places humanity on a collision course with an organism of unimaginable power and malevolence and reminds us how much we depend on each other—or even on a wretch like Gurlick.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A master storyteller certain to fascinate.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • “The magic of Theodore Sturgeon’s writing lies in his understanding of the many ways there are to be human.”

    Larry Niven

  • “[Theodore Sturgeon’s] influence upon writers like Harlan Ellison and Samuel R. Delany was seminal.”

    John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

  • “Theodore Sturgeon is the father of literary SF, his profound influence apparent in the works of such wildly different authors as Samuel R. Delany, Harlan Ellison, and Nancy Kress…To Marry Medusa may be Theodore Sturgeon’s best novel.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting premise, rendered with a little more "show-offy style" than necessary. Slim paperback "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/18/2013

    " Outstanding. The most fascinating take on the "hive mind" concept I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 11/11/2013

    " This book has some things that are strange and delightful for the heart and mind. There is some stupid sci fi story-line but more to the heart of the book there is the story in-between-the-lines. There is a beautiful message buried in this book for those with eyes that see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Torres | 10/1/2013

    " Hilarious. Kilgore Trout would be proud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Kinlock | 9/13/2013

    " Beautifully crafted little science fiction novelette that entertained from start to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo | 6/18/2013

    " A drunk homeless guy, dumpster diving, finds a horsemeat hamburger with an alien spore in it and chaos ensues...I wanted to like this, but I think all of the post-surgical drugs were interfering with my ability to read at anything beyond a second-grade level... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Angle | 11/12/2012

    " Given the premise, it was sad to find this more character driven than subtextually rife-- but the writing is excellent and the characters are too. Epic finishes in SF are regularly attempted but rarely pulled off this well. Fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 9/26/2012

    " I bought this because of Vonnegut...didn't enjoy it. But I should give it another chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vince | 6/23/2012

    " it's easily readable, and quaintly dated, but ultimately fizzley and nonsensical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 5/3/2011

    " Fantastic tale of a group-mind entity. It is a wholly different take on such an existence and told with an immediacy that makes it compelling. I'm thrilled to have discovered this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2011

    " A very slow start, but it all comes together in a satisfying climax. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 10/24/2010

    " I started reading this book after The Dreaming Jewels and simply found it unreadable. I feel much the same way about Sturgeon's prose as i do about Hemingway's. A lot of time it feels like a child wrote it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. P. | 5/7/2010

    " A classic example of Theodore Sturgeon's supreme storytelling and word-crafting abilities. I was too tired and sick to fully appreciate it today. I'll have to re-read it soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/31/2010

    " Interesting premise, rendered with a little more "show-offy style" than necessary. Slim paperback "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 9/7/2009

    " Outstanding. The most fascinating take on the "hive mind" concept I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 11/9/2008

    " This book has some things that are strange and delightful for the heart and mind. There is some stupid sci fi story-line but more to the heart of the book there is the story in-between-the-lines. There is a beautiful message buried in this book for those with eyes that see. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo | 6/30/2008

    " A drunk homeless guy, dumpster diving, finds a horsemeat hamburger with an alien spore in it and chaos ensues...I wanted to like this, but I think all of the post-surgical drugs were interfering with my ability to read at anything beyond a second-grade level... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 8/23/2007

    " I bought this because of Vonnegut...didn't enjoy it. But I should give it another chance. "

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About the Author
Author Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is one of the great figures of the golden age of science fiction. He wrote over two hundred stories, several novels, scripts for film and television (including two of the most famous episodes of the original Star Trek), plays, and dozens of nonfiction reviews and essays. His many literary awards include the Hugo, the Nebula, and the International Fantasy Award. His most famous novel, More Than Human, won serious academic recognition as literature, a rarity amongst science fiction works of the 1950s.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.