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Summer of Love Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1995

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572414
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brand-new! Time Travels to San Francisco is a boxed set of Summer of Love, a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, and The Gilded Age, a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.

Lisa Mason is the author of ten novels, including Summer of Love, a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, The Gilded Age, a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book, a 2013 collection of previously published science fiction and fantasy, Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, and two dozen stories and novellas in magazines and anthologies worldwide. Her Omni story, "Tomorrow's Child," sold outright to Universal Studios and is in development.

She is serving as a judge for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ed Luhrs on March 7, 2002
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By on August 26, 1997
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Boykin on 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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