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AN EXPERIMENT IN CROSS-PLATFORM SYNERGY
My old website having become a hopeless relic, I'm
starting anew, and as long as I am, I'm trying something quite
differentt, using this new
version as a
gateway to the varied aspects of my overall web presence, with direct
links to my blog, my Facebook page, my YouTube
Channel , email, and Scribd
page. If this works, more to come.
A MULTI-PLATFORM GATEWAY TO:
NORMAN SPINRAD AT LARGE blogsite
NORMAN SPINRAD Facebook page
NORMAN SPINRAD YouTube Channel
STAR TREK --HE WALKED AMONG US the original version of my unproduced screenplay for the orginal showI
and CBS have agreed to resolve our disputes concerning the ownership of
the Work; as part of the settlement between the Parties, the Parties
have agree that there will be no further comment; and CBS is
considering opportunities to offer licensed copies of the Work.
IMMORTALIZING MY BACKLIST
I've made a deal with Orion Books to publish 18 of my backlist titles as ebooks.
It's a long, complex story, and you can read the long of it on my blogsite:Norman Spinrad at large--IMMORTALIZING THE BACKLIST
But the short of it is:
will removing all the books to which Orion now has ebook rights from Amazon
and Barnes and Noble as Orion publishes them. Orion has thusfar acquired something like
1000 titles, and their ultimate goal is to be as definitive as
possible, so they’re publishing stepwise, not about to do everything at
once, so my self-published versions of those ebooks will disappear for
a while but reappear as Orion ebook titles, not just on Amazon, but on
diverse retail sites all over the world.
Orion ebooks have already published and made available worldwide THE
MEN IN THE JUNGLE, AGENT OF CHAOS, and THE VOID CAPTAIN’S TALE, which
have replaced my self-published versions on Amazon, as well as first
ebook editions of THE SOLARIANS, SONGS FROM THE STARS, A WORLD BETWEEN,
THE STAR-SPANGLED FUTURE, and NO DIRECTION HOME.
come: THE IRON DREAM, CHILD OF FORTUNE, LITTLE HEROES, RUSSIAN SPRING,
PICTURES AT 11, JOURNALS OF THE PLAGUE YEARS, GREENHOUSE SUMMER, OTHER
AMERICAS, DEUS X AND OTHER STORIES, and SCIENCE FICTION IN THE REAL
All of the above on Amazon world-wide directly, or via my Gateway entry, from many other worldwide sources as well:
click here for my Gateway entry
an experiment in epublishing
a novelette published as an epub original
on sale for $3.00 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
QUARANTINE--an experiment in epublication
who has published over sixty works of short fiction, many of them
widely anthologized, in everything from Playboy to New Worlds to
Liberation to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, has put his
latest, QUARANTINE, directly on sale as an original “mini-ebook” on
Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the mini-price of $3.00.
hot for any conventional magazine to handle, not that it surprises me,”
the author explains, “which makes it an ideal guinea pig for this epub
QUARANTINE is the novelette-length story of
a terrorist attack on New York using a genetically engineered virus
that spreads ambiently and gives the entire population of Manhattan
Island, tourists and all, uncontrollable diarrhea. Nor is this
surrealism or satire, and the biotech is all too plausible.
to gross out, disgust, and/or outrage a mass audience, but perhaps just
the sort of thing that arouses pleasure for the very same reason in a
certain niche readership.
The question this experiment seeks to
answer is how many readers is that? If this can work for
something like QUARANTINE, it can work for all sorts of fiction by all
sorts if writers, and if it does, the short story could teleport itself
from condition terminal into an unexpected golden age.
Announcing the ebook first American edition of MEXICA
in Britain as a major historical novel, a best-seller in Spanish
translation, MEXICA is the amazing full true story of Hernando Cortes’
conquest of Mexico, told in depth as only a novel could tell it--from
both the Spanish and Aztec points of view, by Cortes, by Montezuma and
by the only character in the novel who is not a real historical
character, Alvaro de Sevilla, a secret Jew who presents yet a third and
passionately neutral point of view.
Launched in Mexico
with personal appearances, magazine, radio, and television appearances
by the author and widely reviewed favorably on a literary level, MEXICA
has also been appreciated there as performing a valuable cultural and
political service to the Mexican people, and particularly the majority
with at least partial descent from the so-called “Aztecs.”
“Aztecs” is really an insult in Nahuatl, the dominant language of the
tribes of the empire of Mexico, roughly meaning “barbarians from
nowhere, from the boondocks,” and “Mexica”was their own true name for
themselves, now being restored in modern Mexico thanks at least in part
to this novel.
Nevertheless, MEXICA was unable to find a
conventional American publisher on the grounds that Americans would not
be interested in a historical novel about Mexico, and this in a country
with 40 or 50 million Mexican-Americans fluent in English, this ebook
is the first American edition.
Norman Spinrad is the
author of over twenty novels, including BUG JACK BARRON, THE IRON
DREAM, CHILD OF FORTUNE, PICTURES AT 11, GREENHOUSE SUMMER, and
THE DRUID KING.
He has also published something like 60 short
stories collected in half a dozen volumes. The novels and stories
have been published in about 15 languages.
His most recent novel length American publication was HE WALKED AMONG US, published in April 2010 by Tor.
written teleplays, including the classic Star Trek, “The Doomsday
Machine,” and two produced feature films DRUIDS and LA SIRENE
ROUGE. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic,
perpetual political analyst, and sometime songwriter.
briefly been a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on
three albums, and occasionally performs live. He’s been a literary
agent, and President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and
World SF. He’s posted 25 YouTube videos to date.
up in New York, has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and
Paris, and traveled widely in Europe less so in Asia, and
Oceania. And of course in Mexico.
Review copies in
rtf form are available to professional reviewers with the understanding
that they will not be duplicated by requesting them at
firstname.lastname@example.org, direct email link in the above letterhead.
The author is now in New York, is available for interviews and personal
appearances, and may also be contacted at the New York or US cell phone
Interesting background may be accessed in THE FUTURE OF EBOOKS IS NOW on the NORMAN SPINRAD AT LARGE blogsite.
Which is why
I am offering it as an ebook at a token price of $3.00 dollars until
January 1, 2011, when the price will be raised to $7.00. Call it
my Christmas season write down or near gift to interested readers.
Buy from Amazon
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much being said, GREENHOUSE SUMMER is also a kind of love story in the
sophisticated mode of the old Spencer Tracy Katheryn Hepburn movies,
and not without humor, first and foremost entertaining, as all fiction
should be, but entertainment with a higher purpose, and a spirit of
Freebie Chapter 1 of GREENHOUSE SUMMER-have a lookfirst chapter of GREENHOUSE SUMMER
POLICE STATE--work in progressI've
just made a deal to write a novel called POLICE STATE set in near
future New Orleans (url to treatment below.) Need any help I can get
for 2 week's stay there for research. Where to stay, connections to
police, politicians, etc. Blue sky--would love to meet Brad Pitt, stay
in one of the stilt houses he's financed..., etc. Not necessarily
interested in just the Quarter or the Garden District as base.
Any help or advice appreciated.
NORMAN SPINRAD AT LARGE a new blogsite
I've done about every other thing I could think of on the Web ,
so now I'm starting a blogsite. More or less what it says it
is, a free wheeling free form interactive blog on my various fields of interest--science
fiction, fiction in general, politics, statecraft, mussic, film, cooking,
what ever--and their synergetic interactions.
TWO NEW BOOKS LAUNCHED AS eBOOK FIRST EDITIONS
ON AMAZON AND BARNES AND NOBLE
created two new books--NEW WORLDS COMING, a collectiion of
uncollected stories, and A CRITIC AT LARGE IN THE M ULTIVERSE, a
collection of a decades or so of my critical essay in Asimov's SF
Magazine --and experimenting with what happens with ebooks as
orginating first editions. If it works, who knows what comes next?
HE IRON DREAM
JOURNALS OF THE PLAGUE YEARS
AN EXPERIMENT IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
THE IRON DREAM
THE MEN IN THE JUNGLE
AGENT OF CHAOS
click here to connect to my Kindle ebook list on Amazon
THE WINNING SPEECH FOR BARACK OBAMA
I've put a speech I wrote for President Obama on NORMAN SPINRAD AT LARGE directly on the opening page:
HE WALKED AMONG
published by Tor April 2010
"Norman Spinrad, one of the sacred heroes of my coming-of-age as a writer,
has never quit redefining his role as dissident and sage, inviting the
bullies of the present moment outside for a throwdown, and somehow also
conjuring possible futures despite all the odds against those -- he's that
most miraculous of creatures, a Utopianist's Dystopianist."
"Norman Spinrad is one of the most extraordinary writers alive, and HE
WALKED AMONG US is testament: mad, razored, darkly funny and perfectly
---- Warren Ellis
“Before Neal Stephenson and William Gibson there was Norman Spinrad—a
modern master of imagination. Spinrad’s mix of the bizarre, the angry, and
the wildly visionary is unique in science fiction.”---Greg Bear
Spinrad, Norman. He Walked Among Us. Tor. Apr. 2010. c.544p. ISBN 978-0-7653-2584-6.
When talent agent Jimmy Balaban discovers an ad lib comic named Ralf who
claims to be from the future, he recognizes a potential moneymaker. Together
with a once-famous sf writer and a New Age guru, the trio transform Ralf
into a messiah-like figure who brings a message about a desolate future and
the need to transform the world in order to avert disaster. When Ralf refuses
to break character, his handlers wonder whether he is their creation or whether
his message from the future is in fact real. VERDICT First published in France,
this latest novel by one of sf's most distinguished authors (Bug Jack Barron,
The Iron Dream) presents a cautionary tale that is at once sardonically witty
and intellectually thought-provoking. A big book in more than pagination,
this meaty saga of a contemporary prophet is essential for sf fans.
Norman Spinrad's He Walked Among Us - Horror Drive-In
Spinrad's He Walked Among Us
I'm always getting up here and urging
you to buy this book, or to go see that movie. Buy a DVD or try a new author.
I do it because I'm passionate about this stuff. And I swear to you that,
regardless of whether you end up agreeing with me, I am always 100% honest
Coming out on March 30th is what I consider to be the book of the year. It's
He Walked Among Us, by Norman Spinrad. I bet it's already shipping now from
Maybe you've read some Spinrad. Some pieces here and there. Or maybe you've
been trying to make the time to read Bug Jack Barron for decades now. Or
maybe you've read some of his books. My own personal favorites are Bug Jack
Barron, The Iron Dream, Pictures at 11, Little Heroes, The Mind Game. My
previous favorite was probably Norman's mainstream novel of Hollywood, Passing
Through the Flame. My favorite now is He Walked Among Us.
Spinrad had trouble getting this book published and it boggles my mind. Here
is not only one of the finest science fiction writers that ever published,
but one of the most important writers of the modern age. I'm not kidding.
He Walked Among Us was previously published in a typically overpriced and
poorly manufactured POD edition in 2004. Norman Spinrad having to put his
work out in what is barely a notch above self publishing. It's criminal.
Why did he have such a difficult time getting He Walked Among Us published?
For one thing, Spinrad has never been afraid to bite the hand that feeds
him. He has been an acerbic critic of organized science fiction fandom for
a long time. He paints the community in a harsh light in He Walked Among
Us. I have the experience to tell you that his unflattering depictions of
SF conventioneers is pretty damned accurate.
Also, Spinrad's career has been hard to classify in any one particular genre.
He's known as a science fiction writer and many of his book fall solidly
in that realm. Russian Spring, Songs From the Stars, The Void Captain's Tale,
Greenhouse Summer, for examples. He has also written books that made him
a popular figure in the counterculture, like The Children of Hamelin and
Passing Through the Flame. There are stories that seem pulled direct from
current events, such as The Mind Game and Pictures at 11. Spinrad has even
done historical fiction: Mexica and The Druid King.
So what, exactly, is He Walked Among Us? Well, that's a hard one. In a way
it's science fiction. It's also an acidly satiric satire of show business.
The novel is screamingly funny at times. There are New Age aspects to He
Walked Among Us. It's philosophical. It might deal with Quantum Physics,
but I'm not exactly sure. And it also has some hardcore scenes that might
make Edward Lee wince.
Jimmy Balaban is an aging, seedy, third rate show biz agent. He meets a dubious
comedian named Ralf who claims to be from the future. He's here to save us
from ourselves. It's an odd act, but Jimmy is a pro and the nose knows. Maybe
there is a little bit of money to be made from this strange act. He takes
Ralf on as a client and hires a male science fiction writer and a female
New Age guru to turn Ralf into the cash cow that he always wanted. Astonishingly,
it works. The question remains: Who, or what, is Ralf?
Spinrad has called He Walked Among Us his magnum opus and I definitely agree.
I've been a fan of his work for a long time and I've been continually blown
away by his writing. He Walked Among Us, however, is a revelation.
Naturally, a lot of people aren't going to get it. This isn't an easy, simple
book. Oh, it's easy enough to read, but it's even easier to dismiss it as
gimmicky fluff. Worse, readers could feel that Spinrad has a condescending
attitude toward his audience. That he's laughing at them or feeling smugly
superior. I don't feel that way, but a complex novel like He Walked Among
Us can be interpreted in endless ways. That's part of the beauty of it.
Spinrad has always had an amazing imagination, which is augmented by his
own radical sensibilities. I've always felt an element of danger in his work.
Norman Spinrad recently announced on Facebook that he has been diagnosed
with stomach cancer. He had previously been told that it was inoperable,
but there is greater hope now. It's still terrible news. This writer is a
treasure and it's horrible to think that we may be losing him soon. Perhaps
he'll pull out of it. I've always perceived Norman Spinrad as a fighter and
I believe that he'll fight this battle with the courage that he is known
for possessing. Hopefully he'll emerge with his health and years of productive
life ahead of him. Forget the vicious lie that everything that doesn't kill
us makes us stronger. Cancer is the worst thing in the world and it'll take
its toll on him.
Thankfully we have a large body of work from Norman Spinrad to keep us astonished,
entertained, and best of all, to keep us thinking. And he's never done a
better work than He Walked Among Us. This writer has been neglected for far
too long. He Walked Among Us deserves to be a success. And Norman Spinrad
deserves more respect than he has gotten lately. A lot more respect.
Please consider buying a copy of He Walks Among Us.
A nicely done new interview
with me on the wordpress blog, pix, links, etc.
published as IL EST PARMI NOUS
by French publisher Fayard
OSAMA THE GUN published by Fayard
Fayard is a very major French literary house, and
they approached me with an offer to buy world rights to both novels..
Having been unable to find an English language publisher for HE WALKED
AMONG US for about a decade and OSAMA THE GUN for several years,
I was happy to accept and become a "French writer" for these books, and
maybe more. I have just returned from France where a fabulous major
launch campaign was arranged for IL EST PARMI NOUS was arranged--signings,
text and radio interviews (all in French!). And now, Tor has bought
US rights to OSAMA THE GUN after all these years.. Vive la France!
At this writing, English language rights to OSAMA THE GUN remain
available. A portion of OSAMA THE GUN, which I've posted on
Scribd (see link on this web page below) has thusfar been downloaded
(in English) about 40,000 times.
WELCOME TO YOUR DREAMTIME
I wrote my newest novel, WELCOME TO YOUR DREAMTIME, without
a contract with a publisher because it's by far the most radical and
experimental book I've ever written, and I wasn't sure I could actually
write such a thing until I did. Well as it turned out, I could and
I did. It's written almost entirely in second person singular, that
is, you, the reader are the hero and heroine, the viewpoint characters,
of dreams that can be bought on chips and played back to you as you sleep.
Among other things, it's the story of the rise, threatened fall, and redemption
of this artform, and if it works maximally, it will leave at least some
readers with the power of a form of lucid dreaming. Portions of WELCOME
TO YOUR DREAMTIME have already been published as free-standing short
stories in Baen's Universe , Weird Tales, Space and Time, Thrilling
Wonder Stories, and Paraphilia. And now my French publisher,
Fayard, has bought World Rights. English language book rights
are still available at the moment, but must be purchased from Fayard,
not directly from me.
Mathieu Carriere and I are co-producing a film adaptation of my short novel
VAMPIRE JUNKIES, starring Mathieu Carriere as Count Dracula. Jerome
Lefdup has made a short presentation video. The novella itself is available
from Fictionwise, see link further below. We've got the cast, the director,
the script, and so forth and are ready to go. But we've still got some
room left for a few more investors. If you're interested, you can contact
me at the email link directly above.
Ediciones B México esta publicando MEXICA en espanol-- en México
un lanzamiento especial
Descubre una visión única de la conquista del Imperio Azteca,
Moctezuma, Cortés y los Conquistadores--el regreso de Quetzalcoatl
y la caída del imperio Mexica marcan le muerte del Quinto Sol,
una nueva era esta por comenzar.
En ingles--pardon my English
It would exhaust my meager Spanish to tell this. I went to Mexico for
the launch of MEXICA there, and it was quite fantastic and wonderful.
A launch event which you can see via the above link to the special web
site Ediciones B has set up for the book. Over 30 interviews, large intitial
printing. Ads, banners, actual billboards! However well this all does
or does not do, Ediciones B did everything that a writer wants a publisher
to do, and did it right. Wonderful warm people doing their things with
more professionalism and panache than anything I've ever seen (or for that
matter heard of) in the US. MUCHAS GRACIAS, AMIGOS!
DEUS X Now Available from Fine Tooth Press
Fine Tooth Press has published a new trade paperback edition of DEUS X
RIDING THE TORCH
RIDING THE TORCH, my Jupiter Award winning short novel, is now availble
directly from Renaisance ebooks and shortly from Fictionwise and elsewhere.
VOICE OVER radio play now on the Internet air
Broken Sea, a kind of web radio station, has produced VOICE OVER, which
I indeed wrote as a very short radio play for Omni a long time ago.
Dona Sadock and Norman Spinrad on MNN TV in New York
Dona and I were interviewed on Channel 56 in New York. Below is a link
to the complete half hour interview put on You Tube. The quality therefore
is not as good as what was orginally aired.
OSAMA THE GUN part 5--the novel
The video tells the story of how my unpublished last-written novel OSAMA
THE GUN came to be written, why I was compelled to write it even though
I knew full well finding an American publisher to publish it, let alone
an Arabic one, would be exceedingly difficult. I'm still having trouble
finding a publisher with such cojones, which is one of the reasons I made
the OSAMA THE GUN videos. All explained in this last OSAMA THE GUN VIDEO.
Below, for convenience, direct links to the specific video on both YouTube
OSAMA THE GUN
the freeware portion
This is NOT the complete text of the novel OSAMA THE
GUN ! This is the first third of the novel
This portion of OSAMA THE GUN is Freeware I am
making this portion available as freeware as widely as possible because
publishers have been rejecting OSAMA THE GUN the completed novel for reasons
I dare to suggest are largely political, and for reasons that will I believe
be obvious to anyone who reads even this portion, they are the same reasons
this novel needs to be published and read. If you want to know more about
what this is all about and why the author of over 20 novels is doing a
thing like this, go to my YouTube channel “MeTube” and have a look at the
videos OSAMA THE GUN parts 1-5. As far as I’m concerned, this matter
transcends the literary in the era in which we all find ourselves, and
the reasons why publishers are frightened of publishing OSAMA THE GUN are
the very reasons it should be read, and widely, in the west, and in the
Islamic world. For those of you reading the portion and want to read the
rest of the novel, I’m enlisting your aid. Redistribute this freeware
file. Email me at: email@example.com And just say you want to read
the novel. I’ll put all those emails in a file and keep a running count.
If you want to castigate me for what I’m doing, email me and I’ll keep those
in a file and count them too.
ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF--a video bibliography on YouTube
A narrated bibliography of all my novels, I think, illustrated by some
of the covers. Hardly completist, but interesting, and something I think
I'm going to make cross-platform use of. A CD of this would make a novel
press and publishing presentation. I think maybe I'm inventing something
MARIJUANA DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK
My first attempt at video reportage on MeTube, using a phone camera, the
New York version of World Marjiuana Day in New York.
I'm also a performer in a music video called VOTE FOR ME on YouTube! Check
GATEWAY TO THE INTERIOR
Click here for Index
stories, radio play, cookbook, news, covers, more. Including my eyewitness
account of 9/11. I was there, and up close.
I've received so many cover photos that I'm splitting up the
Cover Gallery into individual book galleries so that downloading
the GIFs and JPGs in one great big lump won't take forever.
Click on the covers for the books that you want to see.
Hardcover published by Little Brown in the UK in November 2005, in the
US by Trafagar Square in April 2006, Abacus trade paperback published
in the UK September 2006.
There's now a project to produce a film of MEXICA, and I was asked to
write "coverage" in connection with it. This is a short document to
be used to interest financers, actors, directors, etc. But it will also
give readers of the novel a good idea of what they would be reading,
so here it is.
Read, download, copy, distribute a sample of MEXICA
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
publishing, lies, and real estate Why I find myself trapped in the Big
THE DRUID KING
Published in the UK by Little Brown in February 2003 and by Time Warner
in mass market paperback in August 2004. Published by Alfred A. Knopf
in the US in August 2003 and in Vintage trade paperback in August 2004.
Vintage trade paperback cover
Time Warner UK Mass Market Paperback Cover
Knopf in-house interview
More far-ranging that the usual in-house interview, though centered, of
course, on THE DRUID KING
Und auf Deutsch bei Goldmann (12/002) als DER DRUIDENKOENIG erschienen
HE WALKED AMONG US
published in German as
Heyne Verlag, my main German publisher for years, published HE WALKED
AMONG US in German. And the German edition is the first edition
INTERVIEW AUF DEUTSCH
This is an extensive interview in German concerning HE WALKED AMONG US
and other matters
BUG JACK BARRON
My classic novel of sex, politics, television, and immortality once more
available in the US from Overlook Press.
(aussi nouvelle edition francaise chez J'ai Lu)
JACK BARRON ET L'ETERNITE
WOODY ALLEN interview
The full English language transcript of an interview with Woody Allen
commissioned by the French newspaper LIBERATION and published in shorter
French translation there in connection with the opening of his new film
CELEBRITY. As you'll see, we sort of ended up interviewing each other.
It's been suggested that some magazine might like to publish the English
version, since it's appeared only in French. Rights are available. E-mail
through this site. I also have a one hour tape of the complete interview.
Near air-quality, done with pretty good equipment. Radio rights available.
LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE TRANSMUSICAL FESTIVAL IN RENNES
I performed live as a vocalist, 4 pieces as lead, 1 as backing, at the
Transmusical festival in Rennes. Packed house in club-like atmosphere,
500 +. Went over well. Tremendous rush! If you dare and are patient,
you can hear it all via the web and MP3 by clicking the link below. And/or
click on "More" for further details first.
the best I've found
BIBLIOGRAPHIE FRANCAISE par Jean-Jacques GIRARDOT tres complet
BIBLIOGRAPHIE AUF DEUTSCH
ITALIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY by Ernesto VEGETTI