Theodore Sturgeon

Passionate science fiction author who explored unconventional topics.

February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985

In his life and work, Theodore Sturgeon was a powerful and liberating influence upon post-World War II science fiction in the US. A central contributor to Astounding Science Fiction, he helped shape the Golden Age of science fiction from which his work stands out for its raw passion and exploration of unconventional topics.

Among Sturgeon's most famous works are three novels: The Dreaming Jewels (1950), a sophisticated tale of a young protagonist gradually becoming aware of his powers and defeating the evil forces around him; More Than Human (1953), an intense depiction of the coming together of six deeply alienated “freaks” into a psychic gestalt; and The Cosmic Rape (1958), where a hive mind from the stars invades mankind to its betterment.

A Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Award-winner, Sturgeon typically worked in periods of frenzied production followed by long stints of inactivity, eventually writing hundreds of stories, numerous novels, and several film and television scripts.

2000 Inductee