Lemme tell you about this guy Norman Spinrad. In countercultural science fiction, Norman Spinrad’s a legend. His Nebula-award-winning metafictional novel The Iron Dream, in which Hitler emigrates from Germany and becomes an American science fiction writer, remains one of the most important politically-minded alternate histories of all time. It’s at once a critique of what Spinrad saw as fascist subtexts in science fiction and a deconstruction of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces. His 1969 novel Bug Jack Barron is one of the dominant precursors to the Cyberpunk movement. He also wrote that awesome Star Trek episode with the ice cream cone that eats planets.