|Of all the major voices in science fiction, few have spent so much of their lives doing other things than Theodore Sturgeon. Over his 67 years, Sturgeon held jobs at various times as a hotel manager, merchant seaman, gas station operator, bulldozer driver, copywriter and editor, book reviewer, lecturer, laborer, and door-to-door salesman of both magazines AND refrigerators. Born Edward Hamilton Waldo, his parents divorced when he was 8 years old. When his mother remarried, he took his stepfather's last name and changed his first name to Theodore, because he liked the nickname "Ted." As a child he became interested in gymnastics and had dreams of joining the circus, until a bout with rheumatic fever. Showing an inclination to buck the system, Sturgeon left high school shortly before he would have graduated, forsaking a scholarship at Temple University, and joined the Merchant Marines. Publication of his first story for five dollars was enough encouragement for him to quit the marines to become a writer. A meeting with John W. Campbell, who was at the time starting Astounding Science Fiction magazine, lead Sturgeon to focus more on genre writing. His first great success was the 1941 story "The Microcosmic God," which is heralded even today among the top science fiction stories ever. At this point, having authored over 50 stories in only a few years, he moved to Jamaica with his first wife, Dorothe, and their daughter, the first of his seven children. There, suffering from a severe case of writer's block that would trouble him throughout his career, he stopped writing. After a number of odd jobs, he left Jamaica to find inspiration, but the separation from his family soon lead to divorce. Sturgeon moved in with Campbell, and soon began to write prolifically again. A short time later, in spite of the fact that he had just won a fiction contest whose second-place finisher was Graham Greene, he became a copywriter--a profession that paid more money. When he met the woman who would become his third wife (of an eventual five), he started writing stories again. This pattern continued through much of his life: a burst of creativity, stepping away from writing, meeting and marrying a woman, and then repeating the whole process. Nevertheless, Sturgeon wrote at least one classic among several novels, MORE THAN HUMAN (1953), and far more than his share of classic, genre-defining short stories. He died in 1985. In the early 1990s, the first volumes in a projected 10-volume series--collecting all of Sturgeon's hundreds of short stories, including several previously unpublished works--were published.