Norman Spinrad has been one of my favorite authors for a long while. He captured a place in the all time top 10 with his post-cyberpunk Russian Spring, and has remained there since. While his late output has been rather genre-hopping and not that highly thought of, I’ve been looking out for a complete set of his books (and short stories as well, since those tend to be even less restrained than the longer form products).
He got into a major fight with his publisher about his biggest book to date, He Walked Among Us, which is either a show business satire or straight science fiction, depending on the reader’s perspective. The fight got so severe, that the book was published first in Germany, and languished for years without an english edition. An odd electronic release was followed by a print edition by eReads.com, and the small number of printed books was quickly consumed.
For quite a while the author himself has offered the book for download, unfortunately in the .rtf format. Expected payment is mere five dollars, and even that is doable via paypal.
I will download it, pay for it, convert it to pdf-format and look for a print-on-demand service in Helsinki. I know there used to be one such in Lasipalatsi, but haven’t paid any attention to it lately. Why bother with a physical edition, I can hear a hundred souls querying silently? Well, it’s close to 700 pages in length and I prefer my books as tangible objects and not something browsed on a laptop screen.