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Norman Spinrad describes the writing of his famous BUG JACK BARRON novel by answering three questions: "how did I come to write Bug Jack Barron? what urged me to do it? how do I hope to continue writing SF while bugging editors?" He goes on to explain the behind-the-scenes that went on with the book, which was banned in the UK. Originally one third of the booklet called "Experiment Perilous" with other contributions by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Alfred Bester, this "making of" offers great insights into the famed New Worlds era of science fiction as well as the publishing process, making it a must read for all readers and writers of science fiction.

About the Author

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 occassionally 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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