Welcome to Smashwords Norman Spinrad. A popular science-fiction author who is sometimes compared to Harlan Ellison, Spinrad wrote the very interesting Child of Fortune and many other novels and collections of stories. His take on interstellar travel should be experienced by all. His appearance as a Smashwords author gives new meaning to the term indie publishing. More on that in a future post.
For what it's worth, I think his prices are too high, but $8 for a 195,000-word novel is really not that off the wall if you think about it. I would check out your local used bookstore first, though.