Writers and Artists! Help us celebrate Theodore Sturgeon’s centenary

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Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm

Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

 Join the Museum of Science Fiction for our inaugural More Than Human Holiday, the first of a series of gatherings celebrating different science fiction works and creators, as well as the work of local writers, artists, and more. Our event will be in honor of author Theodore Sturgeon on the occasion of his centenary (2018 marking 100 years since his birth). We'd love to connect with you in a fun and informal get-together honoring the work of this humanist sci-fi legend. Read on for more details about the event and how you can participate.


Sturgeon was the author of over 200 short stories and books, including More Than Human, Venus Plus X, and The Dreaming Jewels. He was a Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy award winner, and an inspiration to other greats like Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut, and Samuel Delaney. He also wrote two episodes of the original Star Trek series, coining the Vulcan phrase "Live long and prosper" in the 1967 episode Amok Time. Sturgeon was not a writer of "hard" science fiction, but is instead known for his humanist and socially conscious approach to writing, incorporating progressive ideas about psychology, gender, sexuality, and war. He wrote compassionately about his characters, many of whom were loners and outcasts. Links with more info on Sturgeon and his legacy are below.


WRITERS: Write a short essay or fiction story - no more than 2 pages, please - somehow inspired by Sturgeon and/or his work. Writing submissions will be made via email, and selected work will be read aloud at the event.

ARTISTS: Make a piece of visual art inspired by Theodore Sturgeon and/or his work. Artwork submissions will be made via email, and images of selected artwork will be projected at the event.


 10/20/18: Please email marissa.long@museumofsciencefiction.org by this date to confirm your interest in participating as a writer or artist. Please use “Sturgeon writer” or “Sturgeon artist” and your name in the subject line of all emails.

 11/16/18: Writers, please email your written piece in pdf format by this date. Artists, Please email an image of your work by this date. Include your name, artwork title, dimensions, and media in the email. Images should be in .jpg format, sized at 72dpi at 1,000 pixels on the longest side.

This prompt is open to interpretation, but we ask that writers + artists familiarize themselves with at least one story of Sturgeon's before beginning. We would like to include as much work as possible at the event; however, depending on the number of submissions received, we may not be able to share all work in the time allotted. We hope DC-area writers, artists and friends will attend, but if you’re outside DC and excited about participating, please get in touch!


We will gather at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday, December 11 for our "More Than Human Holiday”. Have a drink, connect with local writers, artists, and sci-fi fans, learn about Sturgeon, and listen to one of his short stories. Selected writers will share their Sturgeon-inspired work aloud, alongside projected visual artwork made by participating artists.


What You Need to Know About Sci-Fi Legend Theodore Sturgeon (SyFy Wire)

Celebrating Theodore Sturgeon's Centenary (LA Times)

The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust

A few Sturgeon stories you can read online, including The Man Who Lost The Sea

7 Thought Provoking Books by Theodore Sturgeon (The Portalist)

Amazon's Theodore Sturgeon Page

Theodore Sturgeon Wiki page

 Meet Theodore Sturgeon (YouTube)

The Museum of Science Fiction is a non-profit working to bring a physical museum space to the Washington, DC area that will provide a comprehensive history of the genre of science fiction across the arts. Over Memorial Day weekend in May of 2019, the museum will be holding it's annual Escape Velocity convention at the National Harbor in DC.

Image courtesy of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust.