02-26 Happy birthday to the late Theodore Sturgeon, Born: February 26, 1918 and passed away on May 8, 1985.
Theodore “Ted” Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo) was a prolific science fiction author. He made his mark in the Star Trek universe, crafting the backstory for Spock and the Vulcans in TOS: “Amok Time”, an episode that garnered him a Hugo Award nomination.
Sturgeon wrote two Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, “Shore Leave” and “Amok Time”. He also wrote two unproduced story outlines: “The Joy Machine”, which was later developed into a first draft teleplay by Meyer Dolinsky, then into a novel by James Gunn, published by Pocket Books, and “Shore Leave II”, an intended sequel to “Shore Leave”.
Sturgeon was liked by the Star Trek staff for his fertile imagination and writing skills, however he wasn’t familiar enough with the television format and his stories often turned out to be too expensive or simply impossible to be put to the screen. He also worked very slowly, often taking months to get from outline to teleplay and then to revised drafts. The story for “Shore Leave” has been assigned in April 1966, finally filmed in late-October. “Amok Time” was planned to be a first season episode, but had to be postponed until season 2.
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the character Sturgeon from “The Man Trap” was named after him. Sturgeon was also referred to in dialogue in DS9: “Far Beyond the Stars”, and thus has a namesake in the Star Trek universe.
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