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   Writers: Ray Faraday Nelson (1931 - , United States)  
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Ray says he became captivated with science fiction at the age of eight at the 1939 New York World's Fair. "I was just there one day, but that was the most important day of my life because before that I was not a science fiction fan and after that day I was". After that, he began reading science fiction and fantasy novels voraciously, and became a science fiction fan and cartoonist.

In the 1950s, he moved to Paris, where he met Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corco and William Boroughs among others of the Beat Generation. He subsequently co-edited Miscellaneous Man, the first "Beatnik" little literary review. In Paris, he worked with Michael Moorcock smuggling Henry Miller books out of France. It was also in France where he met and married Kirsten Enge, a Norwegian girl, and where his son Walter was born.

After returning to the US with his new family in the early '60s, he published his first work of fiction, the short story Turn off the Sky. In 1967, he published his first novel, The Ganymede Takeover in collaboration with Philip K. Dick.

Numerous books and short stories have followed. His book Blake's Progress, in which the poet William Blake and his wife are travelers in space and time, has been his greatest critical success. His short story 8 O'Clock in the Morning, was turned into the graphic novel Nada, and Nada was made into the paranoid cult classic They Live in 1988. This John Carpenter film has shown remarkable staying power.

His greatest claim to fame, however, he says, is as inventor of the propeller beanie while still in high school. Says Ray, "Centuries after all my writings have been forgotten, in some far corner of the galaxy, a beaniecopter will still be spinning."

Biography provided by the author, May 2002

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  1967.  Ganymede Takeover, The   (Amazon - Alibris)
1975.  Blake's progress   (Amazon - Alibris)
1976.  Then Beggars Could Ride   (Amazon - Alibris)
1977.  Ecolog, The   (Amazon - Alibris)
1982.  Prometheus Man : A Nrobook, The   (Amazon - Alibris)

1985.  Timequest   (Amazon - Alibris)
1996.  Virtual Zen   (Amazon - Alibris)
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