Norman Spinrad is the author of over twenty novels, including the acclaimed BUG JACK BARRON. He is a multiple nominee for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction achievement, an American Book Award Nominee writer, and winner of the Prix Apollo. He has written scripts for Star Trek and produced two feature films. He has also published over 60 short stories collected in half a dozen volumes, and his novels and stories have been published in over a dozen languages. He has been President of Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) three times. He is a tireless campaigner for authors' rights and is the creator of the "model contract" now in use by several writers' organizations. He's been a literary agent, President of World SF, briefly a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on three albums, and occasionally performs live. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic, perpetual political analyst, and sometime songwriter. He grew up in New York, has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Paris, and travelled widely in Europe and rather less so in Latin America, Asia, and Oceania.
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DaAndrew Carteril 21 novembre 1999 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
A really well-crafted story. A lot of elements that might be described 60's/new age utopianism, but it gives the book a unique rather than dated feel. If you can get a hold of a copy of it, it's worth reading. I'll summarize it briefly since Amazon hasn't posted any information: It takes place in the United States, many years after a technologically-driven holocaust reduced civilization to agrarianism. Technology is developed in small, socially acceptable forms, but certain forces wish to revive it again, and the book follows three people; a new-age shaman-like man, a young woman who heads a network of information distributors and involves herself with forbidden technologies, and the leader of an insular band of engineers and scientists, who are trying to resurrect ancient technologies. All three become involved with a startling discovery made in the last days before the apocalypse. Hopefully I've gotten most of the facts straight, it's been a while since I read it. Definitely worth picking up if you can.
DaDarron A. Vanariail 26 aprile 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The writing in this book is terrible. Its not worth even going over what the story is, because the mechanics of how it is put together is so distracting and off-putting, it doesn't really matter what the story is.
Every dialog attribution has an adverb thrown in: "Let's go," he said harshly. "Where is everyone," she said timidly. "I wonder if," he began inconclusively. And for some reason, every sentence (from what I read, which wasn't much) is in the passive voice. I can't get past things like this - I don't care what the story is.
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