Sturgeon, Theodore

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Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo on February 26, 1918 in Staten Island, New York. After his parents' divorced, his mother married Scot William Dicky ("Argylle") Sturgeon, and at the age of eleven, Edward took his step-father's last name and changed his first name to Theodore to better match his childhood nickname of "Teddy."

Sturgeon sold his first story in 1938 to newspaper McClure's Syndicate. He sold his first Science Fiction story, "Ether Breather," to Astounding Science Fiction a year later. Sturgeon primarily published short stories in genre magazines, but did publish some general-interest stories as well. He published The Dreaming Jewels, his first novel, in 1950. Sturgeon continued to publish short stories, book reviews, and novels, establishing his work as an innovative in the Science Fiction genre. He was known to use a technique known as "rhythmic prose," in which his prose text would drop into a standard poetic meter. This has the effect of creating a subtle shift in mood, usually without alerting the reader to its cause.

Sturgeon is credited with six novels, four novelisations, two pseudonymous novels, and numerous short stories and reviews. During the 1960s, Sturgeon worked as a screen writer for television shows such as The Invaders, The Land of the Lost, and The Wild, Wild West, and the original Star Trek series. Two of Sturgeon's stories were adapted for The New Twilight Zone . His 1944 novella, "KillDozer," was the inspiration for the 1970s made-for-TV movie, Marvel comic book, and alternative rock band of the same name.

Sturgeon won Hugo and nebula awards in 1970 for his short story "Slow Sculpture."

Sturgeon died of pneumonia May 8, 1985 in Eugene, Oregon.

From the guide to the Personal Papers of Theodore Sturgeon, 1930-1987, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections)

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creatorOf Sturgeon, Theodore. [Personal papers of Theodore Sturgeon] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Frederik Pohl Papers, 1917-1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn White mss., 1932-1969 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Pevney, Joseph, 1920-.... Le mal du pays [Multimédia multisupport] / Joseph Pevney, réal. ; Théodore Sturgeon, scénario ; William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Celia Lovski... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Pulp Science Fiction and Detective Fiction Periodical Collection, 1940-1983 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Ben Johnson Papers, 1951-1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Pevney, Joseph, 1920-.... Le mal du pays [Multimédia multisupport] / réalisé par Joseph Pevney ; écrit par Theodore Sturgeon ; Celia Lovski, Arlene Martel, Lawrence Montaigne, act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Pevney, Joseph, 1911-2008. Le mal du pays [Multimédia multisupport] / Joseph Pevney, réal. ; Théodore Sturgeon, scénario ; William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Celia Lovski... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Margulies, Leo, 1900-1975. Papers, 1946-1977. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Prime Press (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1947-1976. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Personal Papers of Theodore Sturgeon, 1930-1987 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
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associatedWith Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992. person
associatedWith Attanasio, A. A. person
associatedWith Attanasio, A. A. person
associatedWith Benford, Gregory, 1941- person
associatedWith BenShea, Noah. person
associatedWith Berdeshevsky, Margo. person
associatedWith Boucher, Anthony, 1911-1968 person
associatedWith Butler, Octavia E. person
associatedWith Cannon, Martin. person
associatedWith Cannon, Martin. person
associatedWith Cherryh, C. J. person
associatedWith Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008. person
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Goldin, Stephen. person
associatedWith Goldin, Stephen. person
associatedWith Gunn, James E., 1923- person
associatedWith Johnson, Ben, 1902-1967 person
associatedWith Kolupaev, Viktor, 1936-2001. person
associatedWith Kolupaev, Viktor Dmitrievich, 1936- person
associatedWith Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945- person
associatedWith Margulies, Leo, 1900-1975. person
associatedWith Pohl, Frederik. person
associatedWith Pournelle, Jerry, 1933- person
associatedWith Prime Press (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996. person
associatedWith Strugat︠s︡kiĭ, Arkadiĭ Natanovich. person
associatedWith Strugatskii, Arkadii Natanovich. person
associatedWith Strugat︠s︡kiĭ, Boris Natanovich. person
associatedWith Strugatskii, Boris Natanovich. person
associatedWith Tannehill, Jayne. person
associatedWith Theis, Jim. person
associatedWith Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn, 1942- person
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Death 1985-05-08

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