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Summer of Love, A Time Travel [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Mason
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Book Description

A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist. A San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book of the Year.

The year is 1967 and something new is sweeping across America: good vibes, bad vibes, psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, anti-war protests, racial tension, free love, bikers, dropouts, flower children. An age of innocence, a time of danger. The Summer of Love.

San Francisco is the Summer of Love, where runaway flower children flock to join the hip elite and squares cruise the streets to view the human zoo.

Lost in these strange and wondrous days, teenager Susan Bell, alias Starbright, has run away to San Francisco to find her troubled best friend. Her path will cross with Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, a strange and beautiful young man who has journeyed farther than she could ever imagine.

With the help of Ruby A. Maverick, a feisty half-black, half-white hip merchant, Susan and Chi discover a love that spans five centuries. But can they save the world from demons threatening to destroy all space and time?

A harrowing coming of age. A friendship ending in tragedy. A terrifying far future. A love spanning five centuries. And a gritty portrait of a unique time in American history--the Summer of Love.

From the author of The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.

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From Library Journal

Sent from the 25th century to track down an individual crucial to the preservation of the timestream, time-traveler Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco (the character's full name) plunges headlong into the myth and mania of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury scene of 1967-the legendary "summer of love." The author of Arachne (LJ 4/15/90) opens a window into the past in this masterful re-creation of time and place. Far future and recent past come together in a story that combines speculative science and historical accuracy. A priority purchase.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In Mason's second novel, the media's recent love affair with the 1960s finally reaches its fictional apotheosis with an admiring backward look from 500 years hence. Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco is a twenty-fifth-century San Franciscan sent back to the 1967 Summer of Love to uncover the source of an anomalous information gap in his era's archives. Armed with high-tech sunscreen and other assorted protections against twentieth-century toxins, Chiron must locate and study a teenage runaway nicknamed Starbright, who may or may not be the axis for a series of inevitable historic events. Although trying to obey strict tenets of noninvolvement, Chiron slowly finds himself sympathizing with Starbright and the causes of her day, thereby risking not only his mission but the fate of his own time line. Mason faithfully re-creates the frenzied flavor of the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene while skillfully delineating believable and engaging characters. A unique blend of nostalgia and wry speculative fiction. Carl Hays

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  • Publisher: Bast Books; 1st edition (March 24, 2014)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling All Fans March 7, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Summer of Love is an important American literary contribution that may very well have a strong and viable fan base. Where are you? Join us!
This novel is loads of fun to read. The majority of the characters are hippies from the 1960s who meet a stranger from the future who's looking to save his world. This fellow, Chiron, needs to find a troubled adolescent teen named Susan Stein (a.k.a. Starbright) for a very compelling reason. The book has a great deal to offer: swift action, lovable characters, spiritual insight, and well-chosen primary documents such as essays, poems, and news articles which round out the reader's understanding of the worldview of the novel.
I think Summer of Love has excellent potential for a wider audience. I hope it continues to enjoy a healthy amount of sales in the used books market on this site. I wish even more for it to be in wider circulation. Some books talk about the sixties. This novel IS the sixties, thanks to the spirit and scholarship of its author. And, as one reader aptly put it, "the sci-fi stuff is just plain off the hook." Get a copy. Most people who have read it seem to respect it and enjoy it every bit as much as I do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched Classic! November 15, 1999
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I can agree with what has been written heretofore about this book. I think it's a great book. The level of character development is much higher than what we have come to expect in Scifi-Fantasy.
What I can add is that Lisa Mason has done a meticulous job of researching what the sixties were REALLY like, not the candy coated version of them which one normally sees in the media. That one could go to the Fillmore and see Quicksiver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, of the Jefferson Airplane, legendary groups almost any night. The idea that this quality of music would last forever. The naive optimism about the future mixed with the omnipresent paranoia about the Man or the System. The wide open experimentation with living styles. The idea that anyone who dressed like you was your brother/sister. The dark side of "free love". That someone with bell-bottomed pants and bare feet would hitchhike across the country to San Francisco with little or no money because a friend was there (somewhere) and a record said in the "Summer of Love", all you needed was a "Flower in Your Hair". The individual acts of giving and charity mixed with the fundamentally parasitic nature of the "Love" generation.
Ms Mason's love of San Francisco shines through her story so one can taste and feel "Haight Ashburg" local of the 60's.
It is a sad commentary on the publishing industry that there is a deluge of new dreck each day and by the time the word gets around that a scifi book is really exceptional, it's often out-of-print!
Let's hope the publisher returns this gem to print SOON!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hippies and Time Travelers August 26, 1997
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Two types of people will like this book: Hippies/wannabe hippies and Sci-Fi fans.

Some people like to read about them hippies. This books is pratically a textbook for hippie slang, hippie music, hippie clothes, hippie's nicknames for drugs, hippie lifestyle. It does not sugarcoat any of it. It just tells it like it was. Poor Starbright (aka Susan Stein) runs away from the Cleveland suburbs to find her friend Penny Lane (aka Nance Jones, aka Crinky) in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Fransisco in 1967. Along the way she tries LSD, gets pregnant, gets an abortion, drops the mod look, picks up some new vernacular, goes to enough concerts to make you jealous, and ends the book a hippie. People who like to hear about that stuff will like this book.

Some people like reading about time travelers. They want to hear Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco tell five hundred years of history from the perspective of 2467. They want to hear about him consulting the computer on his knuckletop to find whether the Prime Probability has collapsed. They like when he uses his maser and explains Cosmicism. They like the descriptions of tachyportation. They'll love this book too.

Like, wow, man, the WHOLENESS of the universe that I glimpsed while tripping on...uh...this book tells me to, like, tell ya this book is really groovy and I bet you'll really dig it, y'know what I mean??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tachyport to the Summer of Love November 23, 2001
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Starbright, a 14-year-old runaway from suburban Ohio, spends the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, hanging out with the likes of Ruby A. Maverick, the "half Cherokee, half Haitian black, half Southern cream" owner of the Mystic Eye in the Haight-Ashbury, and Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco, a 25th-century time-traveler who needs to make sure that the Axis survives the hot dim spot of the Summer of Love. According to Tenet Five of the Grandfather Principle, Chiron can't let anyone know he's from the future, but with San Francisco full of flower children and Hells Angels, reincarnated pharoahs and men from Mars, Chiron can simply tell the truth, and people say, "Dig this," and pass the pipe.

Lisa Mason shows all sides of the Summer of Love: innocence, foolishness, mind-expansion, addiction, freedom, anarchy, loving each other, using each other, anti-capitalism, dealing, stealing, turning on, tuning in, wisdom, naivete, creativity, depravity, and all sorts of experimentation. You may both wish you'd been there and be relieved that you weren't. This is an interesting trip through 1967, with glimpses of 2467 and of the mess that the 20th century creates for the 25th and vice versa.

(Another fun trip through "the sixties": Tom Wolfe's psychedelic, journalistic novel "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.")
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome story
Published 2 months ago by A. Landreau
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
just checked to see if this book was on kindle. it has been many years since i've read it but remember it as on of my very favorite books. time to go back and re-read it!!!
Published 19 months ago by Ronald S Soloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace, love and dirty hippies
My favourite SF book of all time, beautiful, cynical and completely involving. I wasn't yet born in 1967 but in less that 350 pages Mason utterly immerses you in the Haight Ashbury... Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by Rabbit_With_Fangs
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Love is an amazing read. The Kindle Edition has been...
The three-star rating is for the Kindle Edition. The original story gets a five-star.

This has been one of my favourite books for a very long time. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by CherylAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars in a time travel book, great documentation of the REAL '60s
I think it's a great book. The level of character development is much higher than what we have come to expect in Scifi-Fantasy. Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by rash67
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're going to San Francisco...
This is my favorite book I've read this summer. I picked it up at the library because of the psychedelic cover and when I read it was about San Francisco and the summer of 1967 I... Read more
Published on August 10, 2008 by D. McCaf
5.0 out of 5 stars As Close to Time Travel as You Can Get
I did not arrive in the SF Bay Area until 1977 and at 27 was past any interest in "substance' experimentation... Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by Tim R. Niles
5.0 out of 5 stars One small strange trip into the past, one long strange trip from the...
Teenage Susan Stein, aka Starbright, runs away from middle-class Midwestern suburbia and uses her savings to fly to San Francisco in the first days of summer, 1967. Read more
Published on June 24, 2007 by Jason Mierek
5.0 out of 5 stars authentic historical novel, my 1967 favorite
(I don't understand why my previous review went uncredited but here goes)

I can agree with what has been written heretofore about this book. I think it's a great book. Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by rash67
5.0 out of 5 stars An appeal to sci-fi hippies of all ages
The funky rainbow cover of this book was what caught my eye at first, then the title began to resonate in my hippie soul. Read more
Published on April 22, 2002 by S. Soper
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I'm delighted to announce that THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, the Omnibus Edition, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is now available on Kindle. Bast Books is also offering three affordable installments, The Garden of Abracadabra Trilogy, Book 1: Life's Journey, Book 2: In Dark Woods, and Book 3: The Right Road. If you enjoy urban fantasy, I hope you will give this a try!

I'm also happy to announce acclaimed books on Kindle: SUMMER OF LOVE, A TIME TRAVEL (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) and the sequel, THE GILDED AGE, A TIME TRAVEL (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), both from previously published works by Bantam; and TESLA, A WORTHY OF HIS TIME, A SCREENPLAY, which is presently being read by L.A. producers.

New! Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) is offered in seven Installments, the Summer of Love Serials, 1 through 7.

Other Kindle titles include "TOMORROW'S CHILD," published in OMNI magazine and in development at Universal Pictures, with a fantastic cover by acclaimed San Francisco artist, Tom Robinson, together with my blog, "The Story Behind the Story that Sold to the Movies." Also on Kindle are "THE SIXTY-THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF HYSTERIA," published in the anthology Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam), "EVERY MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED," published in the anthology David Copperfield's Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism), "DAUGHTER OF THE TAO," published in Peter Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), "SHAKEN," published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and worldwide, and "U F uh-O, A SCI FI COMEDY," a novella adapted from a screenplay for a producer looking for the next "Galaxy Quest" or "Men in Black."

I'm the author of nine novels, two dozen stories, and two screenplays, including SUMMER OF LOVE (Bantam), a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book and Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and THE GOLDEN NINETIES (Bantam), a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.

I published my first story, "ARACHNE," in Omni and have since published short fiction in magazines and anthologies worldwide.

I live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband, the acclaimed artist and jeweler, Tom Robinson, and am a huge fan of cats and hummingbirds.

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