Nine of Aries

September 11, 2011

Bizarro Aries 9: A duck brooding over a pond


William F. Nolan’s wife tells him he invented the Internet. In Nolan’s 1967 science-fiction novel “Logan’s Run,” a vast computer network called the Thinker controls the world.

“Science-fiction writers do extrapolate. They try to take a trend of today and move it into the future: What would happen if,” the lanky, effervescent 81-year-old said.

Plot twists in his own life — a marriage in need of a tune-up, a professional collaboration that blossomed into a friendship — led the famed and prolific author to move to Vancouver, where he lives in a book-filled one-bedroom apartment.

Nolan has 83 book credits to his name. He’s best known for his work in science fiction, fantasy and horror. In January, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers Association, and he was voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy in 2002 by the International Horror Guild. Still, Nolan bristles at being assigned to any particular genres.

“I have too many irons in the fire, too many interests,” he said. “I don’t believe in limits.”

[Quoted from  interview with Bill Nolan, published 28 Feb 2010, The Columbian]

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