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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 Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455194315
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/12/2013

    " Better as a thought exercise than as a novel. The exploration of ideas related to gender identity, gender roles and enculturation was interesting but... well, it was published in 1960 and you can kind of tell in the dialog, unspoken biases, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon Hedge | 9/4/2012

    " There's not much of a story here. It's more like an extended thought experiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sffgeek | 5/1/2012

    " brilliant book in it's day. probably a bit dated now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeo | 1/30/2012

    " I felt the central premises of the narrative were on the ridiculous side, but enjoyed the questions raised and the story itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Anderson | 6/22/2011

    " Dated, but a nice twist at the end. Message regarding melding of the sexes perceptive for the sixties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 4/7/2011

    " Very 1960. Reasonable exploration of gender and duality, especially for the time period. Not up to the snuff I expect from Sturgeon. Paled in comparison to Left Hand of Darkness, but then so does most gender-related SF. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 11/30/2010

    " Interesting book...but I saw the "surprise" ending coming from a mile away. I think I must agree with the main character (Charlie Johns) take on the Ledom at the end of the book when...OK I won't spoil it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Davis | 9/25/2010

    " A man gets accidentally frozen and awakens in a utopia in which humanity has evolved beyond gender, but is everything what it appears to be? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 9/2/2008

    " Interesting book...but I saw the "surprise" ending coming from a mile away. I think I must agree with the main character (Charlie Johns) take on the Ledom at the end of the book when...OK I won't spoil it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 5/22/2008

    " Very 1960. Reasonable exploration of gender and duality, especially for the time period. Not up to the snuff I expect from Sturgeon. Paled in comparison to Left Hand of Darkness, but then so does most gender-related SF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darryl | 4/18/2008

    " Read it again on 10 Apr 2001 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D_Davis | 3/27/2008

    " My least favorite Sturgeon novel.

    Not much to recommend beyond the solid prose. "

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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.