Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

A Hugo Award-winner explores the massive influence that science fiction has had on popular music, particularly on David Bowie and the heady, experimental 1970s scene

In the 1960s and 70s old mores and lingering repressions were falling away, replaced with a new kind of hedonistic freedom that included sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Although it didn't factor into the stereotype, it also included science fiction.

Strange Stars tells the story of how incredibly well read artists--David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many more--brought Sci Fi's cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds, and styles, and changed pop music forever.

Title:Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781612196978
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About Jason Heller

I'm a Denver-based writer who contributes regularly to The A.V. Club and Alternative Press. Quirk Books will publish my debut novel, Taft 2012, as well as a series of middle-grade horror books (to be announced). I'm also the nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and am represented by Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.


    Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Reviews

  • Billie

    Great title, great cover, great concept, "meh" content. By the end, I really felt like Heller had had to dig to find artists and songs to support his thesis, relying heavily on the obscure and only va...

  • Jason Diamond

    Heller uses sci-fi to tie together everything from Sun Ra to Bowie to X-Ray Spex and even some New Romantic stuff from the 80s. It's really all I could ever ask for in a book and possibly the most int...

  • Sarah

    This took a while to finish because I kept having to look up songs. I knew most of the Bowie stuff, but not a lot of the other stuff. Would've liked a little more anecdote/humanizing, but the connecti...

  • Jessica

    This is fantastic. I was a child in the '70s and I am familiar with much of the music and books Heller discusses (not so much on movies although I do know Star Wars and Star Trek which was more than e...

  • Allison Thurman

    My teenage musical interests tended to be deep and specific. As I read more about 1970s pop music the more I realize that I'm ignorant of so much of it even now. This book filled in some very serious ...

  • Nick Spacek

    it's fun and all, but i can't help but feel that it's just another in a series of books which follow such a particular pattern that certain aspects of it can't help but feel shoehorned in. i really wa...

  • Todd Glaeser

    I'm disappointed in a way I have I have criticized others before in other reviews, in so much as I'm wishing this book covered things it doesn't.I did enjoy what is there. It puts forth an interesting...

  • Brad

    I enjoyed this book very much, but to me, it was the very definition of a mile wide and an inch deep. Heller tracks down and catalogs what seems to be every one of the hundreds of science fiction them...

  • Trace Reddell

    A mind-exploding collection of albums inform this fascinating exploration of the intersection of music and science fiction.Science fiction and music or sound is a woefully under-developed area of writ...

  • Jason

    Thanks to Melville House for an advance reading copy of this book.In the acknowledgements to this book the author writes that if not for his editor he would have written an encyclopedia. He nearly did...