Norman Spinrad was born in New York City on September 15, 1940, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1957 and the College of the City of New York, and married novelist N. Lee Wood in 1990.
He published his first short story in 1963, held his last non-writing job as a literary agent in 1965, published his first novel in 1966, and has been a full-time career writer ever since.
He is the author of about twenty novels, depending on the mode of publication, in various countries, and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to the novels, he has published about 60 short stories which have been collected into eight books.
Norman Spinrad has also written screenplays for American television, including the original Star Trek and Werewolf, and has recently written the framing material for the French television channel Canal+ís coverage of the 1997 Imagina Film Festival in Monaco. He was a film critic for Cinema magazine and the Los Angeles Free Press and has done on-camera film criticism for Canal+. He has also written political columns, science essays, and songs.
Norman Spinrad is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American and World SF and is a member of the Writers Guild of America and SACEM.
In addition to his writings, Norman Spinrad has been a radio talk show host, has sung on two records by Richard Pinhas, acted in a music video, and of late has been appearing in various capacities on television in France.
He has lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, and for the last eight years has resided in Paris. He has travelled extensively in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and a bit in Asia.
His novel The Iron Dream (Reve de Fer) although banned in Germany for eight years, won the Prix Apollo in France and was nominated for the National Book Award in the United States.
His novel Bug Jack Barron (Jack Barron et líÉternité) although denounced in the British Parliament has been nominated for many awards, and has been under continuous film option since 1971.
A long and detailed autobiography was published by Gale Press in vol. 14 of the Contemporary Authors series and is available on his Web site at: Norman Spinrad's Homepage.