"He understood real people, not just science fiction characters," says science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg of legendary author Theodore Sturgeon. Regarded as one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy, Sturgeon's stories are considered classics of speculative fiction, and have been honored with the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the International Fantasy Award, among others.

In this video, watch as authors Jonathan Lethem and Robert Silverberg discuss the great strides that Sturgeon made in the science fiction and fantasy genre, pushing against societal conformity and leaving behind a rich legacy of works that were light-years ahead of their time.