modern science fiction and the gimme part 3

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I CAME OF AGE as a reader of sci­ence fic­tion in the late 1960s and early ’70s. My ex­po­sure to what was hap­pening in sci­ence fic­tion was lim­ited, as I was never in­volved in any or­ga­nized fandom. For me, the early ’70s were spent turning on tuning in drop­ping out, protesting the war, ex­panding my con­scious­ness, and dis­cov­ering the dif­fer­ence be­tween girls and women. [Continue reading]

norman spinrad walks among us

IN 1969, I MET NORMAN SPINRAD. Well, met him in the sense that I dis­cov­ered his novels while I was working at Leo Ma­tus’s news­stand. Leo car­ried to­bacco, mag­a­zines, and sun­dries and was lo­cated on Public Square—smack dab in the middle of Wilkes-Barre in North­eastern Penn­syl­vania. [Continue reading]