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On Valve's official website, his function is described as follows: "Ted saved up to buy his first video game console at age twelve. He then immediately set out to write games for a living. This mostly involved having all his writing rejected, pursuing a biology degree, dropping out before graduation, and becoming a steel worker like his father and grandfather. Then the mill went bankrupt. After that he worked various lab jobs where friendships were born and fire departments were called. Eventually, Ted finished college and worked in a research lab with electron microscopes. Then came the final logical step: ditching all that to write video games. Ted’s fiction has been widely reprinted and nominated for both the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. "