Venus Plus X

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Venus Plus X
First edition
AuthorTheodore Sturgeon
Cover artistVictor Kalin
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPyramid Books

Venus Plus X is a science fiction novel by American writer Theodore Sturgeon, published in 1960.[1][2] David Pringle included it in his book Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels.


The protagonist, Charlie Johns, is kidnapped from 20th-century New York City and travels to the future of Earth to Ledom. In Ledom, advanced technology allows the people to end violence, hunger, overpopulation, pollution, and even control time and space.[3]

The story explores the change in society when gender has become a thing of the past. Ledom is "a civilization for whom tensions between male and female and the human preoccupation with sex no longer exist".[3]


  1. ^ The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Justine Larbalestier. Wesleyan University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8195-6526-1. p. 96
  2. ^ The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Google Books
  3. ^ a b "Venus Plus X: The first hermaphroditic science fiction novel | Fantasy Literature: Fantasy and Science Fiction Book and Audiobook Reviews". Retrieved 2018-02-28.

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