Meet Oak Park author Alec Nevala-Lee and hear about his newly released book, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
In this extraordinary cultural biography, Nevala-Lee tells the story of four men, John W. Campbell Jr. who was editor of the magazine, Astounding Science Fiction, for nearly four decades—from 1937 until his death in 1971, as well as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. He follows these four friends, and sometime, rivals, through the invention of modern science fiction in the thirties; their experiences in World War II, the dawn of Dianetics, in which Campbell's pivotal role is fully examined for the first time. The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.
Alec Nevala-Lee graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in classics. His novels include The Icon Thief, City of Exiles and Eternal Empire. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Lightspeed Magazine and The Year's Best Science Fiction. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Daily Beast and Longreads.