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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Sturgeon Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home and delivered to the future world of Ledom, where violence is a vague, improbable notion and 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. This is a civilization in which tensions between male and female and the human preoccupation with sex no longer exist.

Charlie finds that the human precepts he holds dear are profane in this new world. But has Charlie learned all there is to know about this advanced society? And why are the Ledom people so intent on gaining Charlie’s approval?

Unsettling, compelling, and no less than visionary, Venus Plus X is Theodore Sturgeon’s brilliant, original, and insightful speculation on gender and civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sturgeon…[was] among the first SF writers to deal with sexuality in an open, adult manner. Sturgeon’s approach was further distinguished by his uncommon awareness of sexual diversity and his passionate belief in the healing power of love…Venus Plus X was among the earliest SF works to explore and challenge gender-role stereotypes, and surely the first to do with a vision of a single-sex, androgynous human race.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Way ahead of its time…its critique of American prudence still holds.”

    Baltimore City Paper

  • “An astonishingly lucid examination of sex and gender in both a biological and historical context…[Told] with a storyteller’s patient guidance, building curiosity and suspense that only plays itself out as the story draws to its dramatic conclusion.”

    GLBT Fantasy Fiction Resources

  • A 1961 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 10/31/2013

    " So far this is my least favorite Sturgeon book. I don't like the way it alternates every chapter, between the main story and what is, I guess you could say, an illustration of the point the author was trying to make. Moralizing was a bit in my face, which I prefer to be more subtle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darryl | 10/13/2013

    " Read it again on 10 Apr 2001 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Devowasright | 9/29/2013

    " more of a treatise on the sexes, (preceding the sexual revolution), and definitely of its time. but a quite enjoyable read, and a showcase for the author's vast imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik Graff | 9/25/2013

    " I think I read this quickly during the winter break from school. The description makes it sound very interesting--a genderless utopia/a utopia because genderless? Like much of Sturgeon's writing, it's about gender, love, sex and the good society. Unfortunately, I have clear recollection of it. "

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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.