The Bantam classic is back, revised and re-edited. Summer Of Love, A Time Travel, a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book.
Twenty five-star Amazon reader reviews
“This book was so true to life that I felt like I was there. I recommend it to anyone.”
“More than a great science-fiction, a great novel as well.”
I’m sensitive to the fact that the original Bantam edition was not as crafted as I hoped it would be when I was a young writer fifteen years ago. That’s why when, given the opportunity to prepare the title as an ebook, I re-keyed in the entire book and cut over 20,000 words of youthful excess.
I’ve become a much better writer after fifteen years of professional publishing, and I think the voice, the pacing, the clarity of the story, and the focus of the relationships in Summer of Love, A Time Travel are better now.
Most of my longtime readers love the new edition. “Thank you for taking the time,” one reader wrote, while another said, “You’ve crafted a fresh new voice. Thank you.”
Some of my longtime readers don’t love the new edition. Along with the youthful excess, I removed some substantive issues that I thought slowed the pace and revised others for clarity. One reader on Amazon said, “The author has changed an amazing book into a novella.” Ahem. The ebook is 110,000 words, not exactly a novella.
I’m glad if you, as a young writer, were totally brilliant with your first pieces, but it has taken the fullness of time for me to achieve a level of quality I’m satisfied with. And I’m not alone. Plenty of other published authors are revising previous titles in this wondrous new age of ebooks and print-on-demand.
So there you have it, my friends. You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.
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 from the straight suburbs of Cleveland 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.
What the professional book reviewers have to say:
“Captures the moment perfectly and offers a tantalizing glimpse of its wonderful and terrible consequences.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A fine novel packed with vivid detail, colorful characters, and genuine insight.” Washington Post Book World
“Remarkable. . . .the intellect on display within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and wise.” Locus Magazine
“Mason has an astonishing gift. Her chief characters almost walk off the page. And the story is as significant as anyone could wish. This book will surely be on the prize ballots.” Analog
“A priority purchase.” Library Journal
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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 (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.’
Of The Gilded Age, the New York Times Book Review said, “A winning mixture of intelligence and passion.”
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