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Name: Norman Spinrad  
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Date of Birth: 15th September 1940
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Profession: Writer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Norman Richard Spinrad (born September 15, 1940) is an American science fiction author. One of his most famous works, Bug Jack Barron, a tale of a cynical, exploitative talk-show host who gradually uncovers a conspiracy around an immortality treatment and the methods used in that treatment, was serialised in the British magazine New Worlds during Michael Moorcock's editorship. It was this novel, with its explicit language and cynical attitude to politicians, that aroused an English Member of Parliament's ire at the magazine's partial funding by the British Arts Council.

Norman Spinrad was born in New York City, on September 15, 1940. In 1957, he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris.

His 1972 novel The Iron Dream is an unusual alternate history novel; the bulk of the text is a reprint of a (fictional) fantasy classic, written in a couple of weeks by a famous fantasy writer shortly before his death in 1953 from (it was rumoured) tertiary syphilis; the book won the 1953 Hugo Award. The remainder of the book is a commentary on the text, pointing out the elements of fetishism, phallic imagery, and paranoia in this most famous and beloved of fantasy epics. The novel is, of course, the 1953 fantasy classic Lord of the Swastika, by Adolf Hitler. As a commentary on and parody of the fascistic undertones in popular fantasy fiction, Spinrad's book was not enjoyed or understood everywhere; it was x-rated in Germany, because the censors thought that readers might not take it as parody.

Selected Works


  • The Solarians (1966)
  • Agent of Chaos (1967)
  • The Men in the Jungle (1967)
  • Bug Jack Barron (1969)
  • The Iron Dream (1972)
  • Passing through the Flame (1975)
  • Riding the Torch (1978)
  • A World Between (1979)
  • Songs from the Stars (1980)
  • The Mind Game (1980)
  • The Void Captain's Tale (1983)
  • Child of Fortune (1985)
  • Little Heroes (1987)
  • Children of Hamelin (1991)
  • Russian Spring (1991)
  • Pictures at 11 (1994)
  • Journals of the Plague Years (1995)
  • Greenhouse Summer (1999)
  • The Druid King (2003)


  • The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde (1970)
  • No Direction Home (May 1975)
  • The Star-Spangled Future (1979)
  • Other Americas (1988)
  • Vampire Junkies (1994)


  • The Doomsday Machine (Star Trek)

External link

  • Norman Spinrad's homepage
  • Norman Spinrad at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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