When:
September 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
2018-09-18T18:00:00-06:00
2018-09-18T18:15:00-06:00
Where:
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
USA

Author: Jason Heller

Presenting his new book

“Strange Stars”

Come join Jason Heller as he reads and talks about his new novel Strange Stars. The discussion will take place on our stage followed by a Q & and a signing in the cinema lounge.

As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Derided as nerdy or dismissed as fluff, science fiction rarely gets credit for its catalyzing effect on this revolution.

In Strange Stars, Jason Heller recasts sci-fi and pop music as parallel cultural forces that depended on one another to expand the horizons of books, music, and out-of-this-world imagery.

In doing so, he presents a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi-obsessed conjurers they really were: from Sun Ra lecturing on the black man in the cosmos, to Pink Floyd jamming live over the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing; from a wave of Star Wars disco chart toppers, to Jimi Hendrix distilling the “purplish haze” he discovered in a pulp novel into psychedelic song. Of course, the whole scene was led by David Bowie, who hid in the balcony of a movie theater to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and came out a changed man…