Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 - May 08, 1985)
Born: 26th February, 1918
Died: 8th May, 1985
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Writer
Region: New York City, New York, Eugene, Oregon
Notable works: "Star Trek"

Theodore Sturgeon Facts

Biography

Theodore Sturgeon, original name Edward Hamilton Waldo, pseudonyms E. Waldo Hunter, E. Hunter Waldo, and Frederick R. Ewing, (born Feb. 26, 1918, Staten Island, N.Y., U.S.--died May 8, 1985, Eugene, Ore.), American science-fiction writer who emphasized romantic and sexual themes in his stories.

After dropping out of high school, Sturgeon worked at a variety of jobs. He sold his first short story in 1937 and began to publish in science-fiction magazines under several pseudonyms. He was especially prolific between 1946 and 1958. His most noted work is More than Human (1953), about six outcast children with extrasensory powers. In Venus plus X (1960), he envisioned a utopia achieved by the elimination of all sexual differences. Sturgeon's other science-fiction and fantasy novels include The Dreaming Jewels (1950; also published as The Synthetic Man), The Cosmic Rape (1958), and Some of Your Blood (1961). He also wrote western, historical, and mystery novels and television scripts, including several for the Star Trek series (he was the formulator of the series' Prime Directive--a policy of noninterference with other cultures), and was a columnist for the magazine National Review.

Sturgeon was unusual among his peers in writing about loneliness, love, and sex. His typical protagonists are youthful victims of repression who are liberated from their isolation by the intervention of superhuman forces or by the development of their abnormal powers. His narratives are considered daring for featuring the problems of hermaphrodites, exiled lovers, and homosexuals. Although his stories have been criticized for their sentimental conclusions and adolescent emotionality, his concentration on human relationships is unique among Golden Age science-fiction writers.

Top 40 Theodore Sturgeon quotes

Ninety percent of everything is crap.
Crap
Everything
Ninety
Ninety percent
Percent
The first writing I did was short short stories for a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
Did
Dollars
First
Five
Newspaper
Paid
Piece
Publication
Short
Short stories
Stories
Which
Writing
I learned how to live on five and sometimes ten dollars a week.
Dollars
Five
How
Learned
Live
Sometimes
Ten
Week
The story of my very first sale is the fact that I dreamed up a foolproof paper to cheat an insurance company out of several hundred thousand dollars.
Cheat
Company
Dollars
Dreamed
Fact
First
Foolproof
Hundred
Insurance
Out
Paper
Sale
Several
Story
Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words.
All the facts
Any
Came
Courage
Facts
Found
Had
Immoral
Once
Out
Pull
Skills
Story
Teenager
I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.
Ashore
Become
I quit
Job
Quit
Writer
I've always written very tightly, and there's a good reason for that. There's no point in using words that you're not going to apply.
Always
Apply
Going
Good
Good reason
No point
Point
Reason
Tightly
Using
Very
Words
Written
You
It should consist of short, sharply focused sentences, each of which is a whole scene in itself.
Consist
Each
Focused
Itself
Scene
Sentences
Sharply
Short
Should
Which
Whole
There is no way of writing stories that I haven't done.
Done
Stories
Way
Writing
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
Fiction
Field
Limits
Literary
Only
Outside
Parameters
Poetry
Science
Science fiction
Whatsoever
Which
Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.
Because
Empty
Inner
Interesting
More
Much
Outer
Outer space
Space
In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
Also
Fiction
Out
Own
Realities
Science
Science fiction
Test
You
Your
Create a world in which these things do or do not exist, or in which they are extended in some way. Test reality against this fiction. The reader will recognize the world that you're talking about, even though it may be another one altogether.
About
Against
Altogether
Another
Create
Even
Exist
Extended
Fiction
May
Reader
Reality
Recognize
Some
There was so much that you could do, instead of looking for things that you couldn't do.
Could
Instead
Looking
Much
Things
You
I wrote the very first stories in science fiction which dealt with homosexuality, The World Well Lost and Affair With a Green Monkey.
Affair
Dealt
Fiction
First
Green
Homosexuality
Lost
Monkey
Science
Science fiction
Stories
Very
Well
Which
I sent The World Well Lost to one editor who rejected it on sight, and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the field warning them against the story, and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it.
Against
Editor
Every
Field
Letter
Lost
Other
Reading
Reject
Rejected
Sent
Sight
Story
Them
There are a lot of people who write very intensely about things they do not and cannot do.
About
Cannot
Intensely
Lot
People
Things
Very
Who
Write
As far as hypnosis is concerned, I had a very serious problem when I was in my twenties. I encountered a man who later became the president of the American Society of Medical Hypnosis. He couldn't hypnotize me.
American
American society
As far as
Became
Concerned
Encountered
Far
Had
He
Hypnosis
Later
Man
Me
Medical
I feel angry that I can't be hypnotized. I'm not putting it down, and I'm not saying that it doesn't exist. I have talked to a great many people who are very good at it, but so far nobody has ever been able to hypnotize me.
Able
Angry
Been
Down
Ever
Exist
Far
Feel
Good
Great
I feel
Many
Me
Nobody
I have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream, because I never could retrieve a dream.
Because
Conviction
Could
Dream
Life
Lived
Most
My life
Never
As far as I'm concerned, I didn't dream - ever.
As far as
Concerned
Dream
Ever
Far
My wife is beginning to instruct me on means to retrieve dreams, and bit by bit, it does seem to be working.
Beginning
Bit
Does
Dreams
Me
Means
Seem
Wife
Working
I find to my mixed astonishment that I do dream, but I didn't know it.
Astonishment
Dream
Find
Know
Mixed
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
Dream
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Felt
Had
Left
Out
Simply
Thing
Thought
Years
When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it.
Always
Me
Something
Study
I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.
Essentially
I write
Letter
Someone
Story
Were
Write
You
Writing is a communication.
Communication
Writing
You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don't do that. You send it out. You have to send it out.
American
Cave
Fire
Great
Great american
Just
Know
Novel
Out
Page
Send
Sit
Superb
Then
You must write to the people's expertise.
Expertise
Must
People
Write
You
You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.
About
Because
Everybody
Expert
Grab
Loneliness
Story
Them
Write
You
There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
Ever
Important
Important things
Nobody
People
Poorly
Read
Say
They say
Things
Tremendously
Want
Who
Would
When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly, then you've got a good writer.
Combine
Good
Good writer
Got
Properly
Say
Skill
Something
Then
Writer
You
The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
Always
Been
Nuts
Obsessive
Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough.
Anybody
Anything
Badly
Enough
He
Wants
You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it, and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately, you would be able to do it.
Able
Field
Find
How
Keep
Learning
Other
Out
People
Practicing
Study
Ultimately
Working
Would
I teach writing courses and first of all, I teach my students what prosody is.
Courses
First
First of all
Students
Teach
Writing
Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms. There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.
Exactly
Exactly the same
Here
Made
Mean
Point
Same
Same thing
Thing
Two
Words
Fiction is very important to me. It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
Fiction
Important
Life
Me
My life
Very
Basically, fiction is people. You can't write fiction about ideas.
About
Basically
Fiction
Ideas
People
Write
You
Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all.
Ayn rand
Because
Compassion
Economical
Fiction
Fiction writer
Her
Huge
Huge impact
Humor
Impact
Like
Lousy
Major

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