Norman Spinrad is a controversial American writer of SpeculativeFiction who came to prominence during the NewWaveScienceFiction movement. One of his best known (and most controversial) novels is the award-winning ''Literature/TheIronDream'', about an AlternateReality where UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler became a writer instead of a dictator, and wrote a horrific fantasy reflecting his prejudices. The book won an award in France, but was briefly banned in Germany. His works are often filled with sex and drugs and other counter-cultural themes, and he's frequently had trouble getting them published as a result. ''Literature/BugJackBarron'' was condemned on the floor of the British Parliament, and a recent novel, ''Literature/OsamaTheGun'', was self-published on the Internet after he was advised that no American publisher would touch it.
He wrote an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ("The Doomsday Machine") and an episode of ''Series/LandOfTheLost''. He is also a former President of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
!! Works by Norman Spinrad with their own page on this wiki:
* "[[Literature/DangerousVisions Carcinoma Angels]]"
* "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine]]"
!! Selected other works:
* ''Agent of Chaos'' (1967)
* ''The Men in the Jungle'' (1967)
* ''Riding the Torch'' (1978)
* ''The Mind Game'' (1980)
* ''The Void Captain's Tale'' (1983)
* ''Little Heroes'' (1987)
* ''Russian Spring'' (1991)
* ''Greenhouse Summer'' (1999)
* ''He Walked Among Us'' (2003)
!! Tropes in other works:
* BodyguardBetrayal: ''Agent of Chaos'' starts with an assassination attempt on the Coordinator. The initial phase of the attempt involves ten guys blasting with lasers to draw the attention of the bodyguards -- so they won't notice in time to stop one of their own turning and shooting the Coordinator.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The characters from ''Riding The Torch'' had left millennia ago the nuclear-war devastated Earth in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin torchships]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussard_ramjet Bussard ramjet]] powered spaceships able to collect matter for their fuel from thinly spread particles in the void of space) and they expand and renew their fleet continuously while flying to search planets which can be colonized. [[spoiler: They find out there has never been such planet beyond original Earth.]]
* ChurchOfHappyology: ''The Mind Game'' is about Transformationalism, a not-so-thinly veiled reference to Scientology.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: The short story "It's a Bird! It's a Plane!" begins with the description of Superman Syndrome, where people forget their own past in favor of being Clark Kent/Superman. This doesn't end well for Doctor Felix Funck.
* DeathWorld: Deathship Earth, the bad future in ''He Walked Among Us'', where global warming has forced the remnants of the human race are crammed into domes improvised from shopping malls, recycling their wastes. The rest of the planet is a scorched wilderness, apparently inhabited only by a half-rat, half-cockroach scavenger species.
* GaiasLament: ''He Walked Among Us'' basically revolves around whether the future will be this, or Ecotopia. ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or both possible futures might just be the ravings of an insane comedian.]])
* GenerationShips: In ''Riding The Torch'', the remains of the human race in its entirety had to leave Earth after a nuclear cataclysm, flying Bussard ramjet ships ("torchships") in search of a habitable planet. Slowly they use the resources gained from the void by Bussard engines to develop an entire civilization under the guise of an ever expanding fleet of torchships.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The 1991 novel ''Russian Spring'' was overtaken by events within months of its publication. The novel was an extrapolation of the events that actually led to the fall of the Soviet Union, but predicted a more gradual, on-going evolution and opening-up. As the old guard of Soviet leaders continued to age and die, a new generation of young Russians became adept at working around the restraints of what was left of Communism, and started a cultural and artistic renaissance that soon became the envy of the rest of Europe, while America became increasingly insular and stagnant.
* ImAHumanitarian: A major plot point in ''The Men in the Jungle.''
* MayflyDecemberRomance: The short story "Deathwatch" examines a future in which humanity develops a mutation that prevents aging... but not everyone has it. Warning: this story has been known to cause blurry vision in even the most stoic readers.
* MusicalAssassin: The Jerry Cornelius short story "The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde", arms Jerry with an electric violin with built-in amps which made the high notes ultrasonic, the low notes infrasonic, and the audible frequencies suppressed. When Jerry pops in his earplugs and plays various songs (ranging from "Wipeout" to "God Save the Queen") weird things happen to the minds of his audience.
* NapoleonDelusion: The short story, "It's a Bird! It's a Plane!"
-->'''Dr. Felix Funck:''' He think's he's Superman, [[spoiler:and he's so crazy that he ''is'' Superman!]] ''This'' is a job for SUPERSHRINK! ... Wait for me, Superman, you pathetic neurotic, you, wait for me!
* VirtualCelebrity: ''Little Heroes'' contains several of these.
* YouCantFightFate: In the short story "The Weed of Time", the victim - er, narrator - remembered the entirety of his 110-year life from the moment of his birth. An expedition to another planet brought back the weed which caused the precognition effect and it had been released accidentally and grew wild. The experience drives him insane, because he cannot change any of the events he experiences.