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SUMMER OF LOVE [Mass Market Paperback]

Lisa Mason
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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May 1 1995
A time traveler from 500 years in the future must return to San Francisco, the summer of 1967, to find and protect the life of a teenaged runaway whose own life will have vast impact on the future. Meticulously researched and full of fun, but also a serious examination of the strengths and flaws of both the "counterculture" and America in the sixties.

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Sent from the 25th century to track down an individual crucial to the preservation of the timestream, time-traveler Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco (the character's full name) plunges headlong into the myth and mania of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury scene of 1967-the legendary "summer of love." The author of Arachne (LJ 4/15/90) opens a window into the past in this masterful re-creation of time and place. Far future and recent past come together in a story that combines speculative science and historical accuracy. A priority purchase.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In Mason's second novel, the media's recent love affair with the 1960s finally reaches its fictional apotheosis with an admiring backward look from 500 years hence. Chiron Cat's Eye in Draco is a twenty-fifth-century San Franciscan sent back to the 1967 Summer of Love to uncover the source of an anomalous information gap in his era's archives. Armed with high-tech sunscreen and other assorted protections against twentieth-century toxins, Chiron must locate and study a teenage runaway nicknamed Starbright, who may or may not be the axis for a series of inevitable historic events. Although trying to obey strict tenets of noninvolvement, Chiron slowly finds himself sympathizing with Starbright and the causes of her day, thereby risking not only his mission but the fate of his own time line. Mason faithfully re-creates the frenzied flavor of the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene while skillfully delineating believable and engaging characters. A unique blend of nostalgia and wry speculative fiction. Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An appeal to sci-fi hippies of all ages April 22 2002
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The funky rainbow cover of this book was what caught my eye at first, then the title began to resonate in my hippie soul. Summer of Love is about a runaway girl who calls herself Starbright who goes to the Haight-Asbury district during the summer of 1967, looking for her friend Penny Lane. She meets a time traveler from five hundred years in the future, who is looking for her as the key to resolving a rift which has occured.
The vivid texturing of the historical situation at the time alone makes this book well worth the read. I also recommend the Golden Nineties as a sequel to this great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Retrospctive, Mediocre Sci-Fi March 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...While not the best book I've ever read, it is a good contribution to the alternate history genre. I do, however, find some fault with the closed time loop logic used as part of the plot line here.
I found the characterizations very real, but the historical name dropping (guest appearances by Janice Joplin and Bill Graham of Fillmore fame to name a few) a little annoying, but relevant nonetheless. I was a little older than some of the characters in the story during the time described and I felt that the characterizations were a true amalgam of the real Hippie movement of the time. Many genuine spiritual entrepreneurs were being replaced with monetary entrepreneurs by the late 1960's.
Chiron's message to the generations preceding him is also based on truth. It indeed will be a tragedy if we do not learn to use our technology to preserve our planet, not under domed preserves, but as a whole.
This is where I have some dissatisfaction with the book. If the story is to be a call for moral and ecological awareness, the message is not strong enough. The theme is found throughout the book, but is not brought out fully enough. The time travel tenets seem borrowed from an early Sci-Fi story, which I can't recall fully at the moment, and are not fully adhered to. I have a logical problem with someone being both a progenitor and an ancestor of themselves.
All in all, the story is a well written fine read and I recommend it to all who enjoy some mental exercise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calling All Fans March 7 2002
Format:Paperback
Summer of Love is an important American literary contribution that may very well have a strong and viable fan base. Where are you? Join us!
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 Stein (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.
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This book is a wonderful book. I've read it approxiamately 5 times. I bought it about 4 years ago at a used bookstore in Ft.Worth, and fell in love with it the minute I saw it. My mom always used to tell me I was born in the wrong decade, and i believe that is true. This book was so true to life that I felt like I was there. I recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the publisher Jan. 18 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is brilliant. I want to assign it in a course at UCLA, but can't. Please do consider reprinting it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched Classic! Nov. 15 1999
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Format:Paperback
I can agree with what has been written heretofore about this book. I think it's a great book. The level of character development is much higher than what we have come to expect in Scifi-Fantasy.
What I can add is that Lisa Mason has done a meticulous job of researching what the sixties were REALLY like, not the candy coated version of them which one normally sees in the media. That one could go to the Fillmore and see Quicksiver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, of the Jefferson Airplane, legendary groups almost any night. The idea that this quality of music would last forever. The naive optimism about the future mixed with the omnipresent paranoia about the Man or the System. The wide open experimentation with living styles. The idea that anyone who dressed like you was your brother/sister. The dark side of "free love". That someone with bell-bottomed pants and bare feet would hitchhike across the country to San Francisco with little or no money because a friend was there (somewhere) and a record said in the "Summer of Love", all you needed was a "Flower in Your Hair". The individual acts of giving and charity mixed with the fundamentally parasitic nature of the "Love" generation.
Ms Mason's love of San Francisco shines through her story so one can taste and feel "Haight Ashburg" local of the 60's.
It is a sad commentary on the publishing industry that there is a deluge of new dreck each day and by the time the word gets around that a scifi book is really exceptional, it's often out-of-print!
Let's hope the publisher returns this gem to print SOON!
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