I was thinking about some of the science fiction I used to read, and I started going down the whatever-happened-to path. Needless to say, most of the SCI-FI authors I read are dead, but I am struck by how much their lives and works resembled Kilgore Trout's. James Tiptree had an even stranger life: see her Wikipedia entry . What I didn't know at the time was that Tiptree was the pen name of Alice Sheldon (photo right), a bisexual behaviorist and former CIA analyst, who committed suicide after first killing her elderly husband. Her stories and novels were considered New Wave sci-fi at the time and had a literary style that seemed drug induced (see this example). Every base library had a collection of her works, and I admit they used to puzzle and disturb me, but now no more so than the author herself. There's a biography available by Julie Phillps, "The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon" (reviewed by the NY Times). I wonder what ever became of New Wave science fiction?
(Photo: Mary Hastings Bradley Papers, University of Illinois, Chicago)