Norman Spinrad began publishing science fiction in 1963 and has been an important, if sometimes controversial, figure in the genre ever since. He was a regular contributor to New Worlds magazine and, ironically, the cause of its banning by W H Smith, which objected to the violence and profanity in his serialised novel Bug Jack Barron. Spinrad’s work has never shied away from the confrontational, be it casting Hitler as a spiteful pulp novelist or satirising the Church of Scientology.
We recommend these Gateway Essentials as the perfect places to start reading Norman Spinrad.
The Iron Dream in particular is a delight, a metanarrative set in a world in which Adolf Hitler, his political career unsuccessful, emigrated to New York to become a (very bad!) pulp SF writer.