Theodore Sturgeon

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(February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985)

Theodore β€œTed” Hamilton Sturgeon (born Edward Waldo), an American pro writer, sold his first sf story in 1939 to Astounding. He is primarily known for his short fiction. He was GoH at Chicon III, the 1962 Worldcon. He received numerous Hugo nominations including the 1956 Best Novelette Hugo, and the 1956 Best Short Story Hugo, and won the 1971 Best Short Story Hugo for "Slow Sculpture".

He was a member of the Trap Door Spiders. He also wrote screenplays for two Star Trek episodes.

Sturgeon's Law[edit]

"90 percent of everything is crud."

According to Philip Klass (William Tenn), Sturgeon said this in 1951, at a talk at New York University. It was subsequently included in a talk at the 1953 Worldcon in Philadelphia. He said, "90 percent of science fiction is crud." This upset his audience, but then he added, "90 percent of everything is crud."

Entry at the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.

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Person 1918β€”1985
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