Science fiction giant Theodore Sturgeon's papers are being donated to the University of Kansas, after having been privately held in two separate parts until now. This treasure trove of information will prove a boon to researchers studying the process of the award-winning novelist and Star Trek writer (who coined the Vulcan phrase "Live long and prosper."
According to the press release, the collection includes:
• Original manuscript and multiple film script treatments of "More Than Human," Sturgeon's best-known novel
• Sturgeon's notes and outline for "Amok Time," one of two "Star Trek" episodes he wrote. In "Amok Time," Spock returns to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife
• Correspondence, story ideas and drafts shared with noted science fiction editors and authors, including John W. Campbell, Robert Heinlein, Edgar Pangborn, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Gene Roddenberry and T.H. White
• Sturgeon's rewrite of a L. Ron Hubbard article submitted to Amazing Stories magazine titled "Dianetics: Supermen in 1950 AD"
• His adoption papers, in which his name was changed
The press release gives a pretty great summary of why Sturgeon remains so important, too:
Best known for transforming the pulp magazine short story into an art form, Sturgeon's writing had a strong influence on '60s counterculture, including the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash. His lyrical and varied style represented a turn from the "hard" science fiction of the 1940s to the socially conscious topics more common in contemporary science fiction, including sexuality, gender, pacifism and the individual cost of social conventions. His short stories ranged from science fiction and fantasy to comedy and horror.
Sturgeon was also known for coining "Sturgeon's Law," which states that "90 percent of everything is crap" and the credo "Ask the next question."
During his career, Sturgeon (1918-85) won virtually every major award in his field, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy Achievement Award and the Gaylactica/Spectrum Award for his groundbreaking story about homosexuality, "The World Well Lost." He also was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.