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Norman Spinrad

Gateway Essentials: Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad began publishing science fiction in 1963 and has been an important, if sometimes controversial, figure in the genre ever since. He was a regular contributor to New Worlds magazine and, ironically, the cause of its banning by W H Smith, which objected to the violence and profanity in his serialised novel Bug Jack […]

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Title Spotlight: Russian Spring

Written just months before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Norman Spinrad’s Russian Spring might hold the record for the fastest transformation from future SF to alternate history . . . In the near future, the debt-laden U.S. owns a technology that renders it ‘the world’s best-defended Third World country’. The only functioning space programme […]

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But Will I LIke It: Deus X

Deus X by Norman Spinrad The atmosphere has terminally thinned; the flood waters have risen; the long-term survival of humanity is slim-to-none. However, technology offers a popular way to dodge the bullet: upload yourself – your thoughts, memories, reasoning, your soul – onto the net. For a reasonable fee, online-you (your ‘successor entity’) will live […]

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Happy Birthday, Norman Spinrad!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of SF’s most original and uncompromising voices, a stalwart of the New Wave and the man whose best-known novel, Bug Jack Barron, led to Michael Moorcock‘s New Worlds magazine being banned from WH Smith: Norman Spinrad. Spinrad’s razor-sharp satires have seen him nominated for most of […]

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Norman Spinrad by Paul Di Filippo

Over at the excellent Locus magazine website, Paul Di Filippo has some words of praise for one of the great original and confrontational voices of the genre – and a suggestion for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America . . . Whenever discussion turns to candidates for the next SFWA Grandmaster Award, the […]

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Happy Birthday, Norman Spinrad!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of SF’s most original and uncompromising voices, a stalwart of the New Wave and the man whose best-known novel, Bug Jack Barron, led to Michael Moorcock‘s New Worlds magazine being banned from WH Smith: Norman Spinrad. Spinrad’s razor-sharp satires have seen him nominated for most of […]

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From the Archive II

The publisher Victor Gollancz was renowned for throwing fantastic parties as well as publishing exceptional novels, and we have always tried to uphold both glorious traditions. This photographic evidence of our success comes from a 1988 party held at Two Brydges Place, to celebrate the publication of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters and Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss. Scroll […]

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New Book of the Week: The Iron Dream

Every now and then in SF literature, an author throws you a googlie / curve ball (delete according to local cultural affinity to cricket or baseball; if you follow neither sport, we’re afraid you’re on your own). The Iron Dream is one of those occasions. A metafictional 1972 alternate history novel, based around a nested […]

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This Ain’t Rock’n’ Roll . . .

. . . this is SCIENCE FICTION! OK, so that sounded better when David Bowie did it, but bear with us; we have a point. (No, really) The awesome (and two-time Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner – did we mention she’s won the  Arthur C. Clarke Award twice?) Pat Cadigan recently nominated Norman Spinrad‘s Little Heroes […]

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Immortalising the Backlist

Norman Spinrad is the acclaimed author of Bug Jack Barron and The Iron Dream, and was an important figure in the New Wave. In this piece, originally posted on the author’s website and republished here with his kind permission, he offers a personal view on the digital publishing revolution in general, and Science Fiction in […]

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Norman Spinrad’s The Solarians: a Review by Stephen Baxter

In the first of what we hope will be many guest posts by Gollancz’s very talented authors, multi-award-winning author and SF Gateway Advisory Board member, Stephen Baxter, offers his thoughts on Norman Spinrad’s 1966 solar disaster novel, The Solarians . . . I’m pleased to see Norman Spinrad’s The Solarians as an early entry on […]

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Dreams With Sharp Teeth: Edinburgh Filmhouse, June 27th

To the Edinburgh Filmhouse with my old partner-in-crime-n-rhyme, Senor Peregrine Urban, for to see the Harlan Ellison biogesque movie, Dreams With Sharp Teeth. I first discovered Ellison’s work back in 1985 (about the same time as I read Gibson’s Neuromancer, it so happens) – or rather I should say that I rediscovered Ellison, because I`d […]

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