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Theodore Sturgeon (1918 – 1985)


American Science-Fiction writer, essayist, and poet.
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Theodore Sturgeon
The idiot heard the sounds, but they had no meaning for him. He lived inside somewhere, apart, and the little link between word and significance hung broken.
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That Heel. That lousy wart on the nose of progress.
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An ethic isnít a fact you can look up. Itís a way of thinking.




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It means "Ask the next question." Ask the next question, and the one that follows that, and the one that follows that. It's the symbol of everything humanity has ever created, and is the reason it has been created. This guy is sitting in a cave and he says, "Why can't man fly?" Well, that's the question. The answer may not help him, but the question now has been asked.
The next question is what? How? And so all through the ages, people have been trying to find out the answer to that question. We've found the answer, and we do fly. This is true of every accomplishment, whether it's technology or literature, poetry, political systems or anything else. That is it. Ask the next question. And the one after that.
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So it was that Lone came to know himself; and like the handful of people who have done so before him he found, at this pinnacle, the rugged foot of a mountain.
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Reality isnít the most pleasant of atmospheres, Lieutenant. But we like to think weíre engineered for it. Itís a pretty fine piece of engineering, the kind an engineer can respect. Drag in an obsession and reality canít tolerate it. Something has to give; if reality goes, your fine piece of engineering is left with nothing to operate on. So it operates badly. So kick the obsession out; start functioning the way you were designed to function.
Theodore Sturgeon
The most human thing about anyone is a thing he learns and...and earns. Itís a thing he canít have when heís very young; if he gets it at all, he gets it after a long search and a deep conviction. After that itís truly part of him as long as he lives.
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I repeat Sturgeon's Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of it is crud.
The Revelation: Ninety percent of everything is crud.
Corollary 1: The existence of immense quantities of trash in science fiction is admitted and it is regrettable; but it is no more unnatural than the existence of trash anywhere.
Corollary 2: The best science fiction is as good as the best fiction in any field.
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Loveís a different sort of thing, hot enough to make you flow into something, interflow, cool and anneal and be a weld stronger than what you started with.
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Do you know what morals are? Morals are an obedience to rules that people laid down to help you live among them.
Theodore Sturgeon
Thatís fairly common. We donít believe anything we donít want to believe.




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Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. You can go not only into the future, but into that wonderful place called "other", which is simply another universe, another planet, another species.
Theodore Sturgeon
Thereís this about a farm: when the marketís good thereís money, and when itís bad thereís food.
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It's the simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that.
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Here, too, was the guide, the beacon, for such times as humanity might be in danger; here was the Guardian of Whom all humans knewónot an exterior force, nor an awesome Watcher in the sky, but a laughing thing with a human heart and a reverence for its human origins, smelling of sweat and new-turned earth rather than suffused with the pale odor of sanctity.
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A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content.
Theodore Sturgeon
Logic and truth are two very different things, but they often look the same to the mind thatís performing the logic.
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Morals: Theyíre nothing but a coded survival instinct!
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