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With Blastr celebrating books during the month of May, we're launching a series of author profiles starting with the late, legendary Theodore Sturgeon.
He may not have been a best seller or a huge "name brand" writer, but Theodore Sturgeon was and is one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. He wasn't as immensely prolific as, say, Harlan Ellison or Ray Bradbury, but he did pen a total of 11 novels (six originals, three novelizations and two pseudonymous works) and more than 200 shorter pieces, including short stories and novellas. It's that body of work -- the stories and novellas -- that contains some of his best-loved and most classic pieces.
Sturgeon's work was known for its deeply humanist and compassionate tone -- he cared very much for his characters, many of whom were outsiders, loners or considered abnormal in some way, and his stories often took progressive and liberated stances on sex, war and human relationships. He didn't write "hard" sci-fi, but the social themes of his work had an impact on many writers who came after him.
It's been said that Sturgeon, who was born on Feb. 26, 1918, and died 31 years ago this Sunday, on May 8, 1985, was at the height of his popularity the most anthologized writer in the English language. Whether that's accurate or not (most of his novels are available new or used, and there is a 13-volume series available that collects all his shorter tales), anyone who loves sci-fi owes it to themselves to find and read the work of the man the New York Times called "the conscience of modern science fiction."
Here are nine things you need to know about Theodore Sturgeon: