Norman Spinrad is one of the most brilliant and controversial SF writers of all time. His cutting-edge, counterculture-inspired fiction redefined the genre in the 1960s, and his work over the past several decades has moved beyond SF into political thrillers and historical fiction. Street-savvy fabulist.
"What's wrong with science fiction ultimately is an aspect of what's wrong with conglomerate corporate capitalism, the publishing part, because in terms of how many good books are being written every year, there's nothing wrong. The last ten years, there are 20 or 30 good-to-great novels every year, and you really can't complain. The problem is, they're buried in an avalanche of cynical commercial crap."