THEODORE STURGEON (1918-1985) was one of the first writers to successfully emphasize the human element in SF. The emotional and psychological lives of his characters are just as important as the concepts that drive his stories. His work also shows a feeling for language and nuance far superior to most SF writers of his generation. Sturgeon moves effortlessly from fantasy to horror to science fiction, and many of his short stories - in all three genres - are masterpieces. More than Human is his best known book. It tells the story of six mutants, five of whom are still children. Separately they are freaks, alienated from society by their peculiarities. Together they become something transcendently super-human.
Richard Powers' cover, painted in his proto-psychedelic style, luminously illustrates Sturgeon's themes of childhood and transcendence. The faces and bodies of all six outsider characters are contained within the image of a single upraised hand reaching for the stars. MORE THAN HUMAN (1953) was the first of many Sturgeon novels and short story collections with cover paintings by Powers. Others include Caviar (Ballantine 1955), E Pluribus Unicorn (Ballantine - different covers for 1956 and 1965 editions), The Cosmic Rape (Dell 1958), and A Touch Of Strange (Berkley 1959).