Norman Spinrad has been
on the cutting edge of contemporary science fiction ever since he first
hurtled onto the scene with his terrifyingly brilliant novels and short
stories. Now, in his own inimitable style, Spinrad examines one of his
most compelling obsessions-the possible "futures" of America.
Here are four stunning novellas, including the never-before-published "La Vie Continue," that plumb the very heart of the darkest American Dreams: our cities reduced to savage slay-grounds roamed by human scavengers; our civilization become the ancient history of future archaeologists; our people held hostage by a Third-World fanatic wielding a nuclear weapon; our right to think and speak freely censored by an oppressive CIA-run government.
Norman Spinrad (born 1940) is a science fiction icon and the author of more than twenty novels which have been translated into over a dozen languages. His 1969 novel, Bug Jack Barron, was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and his short fiction collection, The Star-Spangled Future, was a National Book Award finalist. He has also written screenplays for American television series, including the original Star Trek. He lives in New York.
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