Sturgeon's Law

I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud.[1] Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. are crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.


90% of everything is crap, be it film, literature, music, etc.

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Science fiction (0.934809): dbpedia | freebase
Art (0.893975): dbpedia | freebase
Genre (0.784746): dbpedia | freebase
Novel (0.779099): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Fiction (0.773512): dbpedia | freebase
Science (0.718272): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
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Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Sturgeon, Theodore (1956), Venture, Venture 49, Retrieved on 2013-01-26
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  • Folksonomies: science fiction