Andra äldre författare som kanske främst är kända för annan typ av litteratur, men som skrivit science fiction är Jack London (Järnhälen, Iron Heel, är väl den mest kända) och Upton Sinclair med It Can’t Happen Here. Dessutom har jag hittat omnämnanden av följande författare som varande personer som hade kontakter med kommunistpartiet i USA eller anses ha varit kommunister under nån period av sitt liv och som har skrivit enstaka verka som kan anses vara science fiction; Granville Hicks, Howard Fast, Julius Fast, Tom McGrath, Rolfe Humphries, Ben Barzman, Ben Appell, Henry Myers, Francis Flagg (Weiss), Arthur H. Landis och Theodore Cogswell.
By the summer of 1971, I decided to leave the academic world. The reason, in a nutshell, was that after years of being politically active (mainly in the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement) I had become a socialist. And the truth is that I didn’t have much use — still don’t — for academic socialists. It seemed to me then — still does — that a socialist political activist belongs on the shop floors of American industry and in its union halls, not in the ivory tower.
So I packed up my bags and went to work as a longshoreman and then a truck driver, working mainly out of union hiring halls. By 1974, needing more stable employment, I became a machinist’s apprentice and wound up spending most of the next quarter of a century working as a machinist. At various times, however, I also worked as a meatpacker, auto forge worker, glassblower — quite a few things. During most of those years I was a member of the Socialist Workers Party, and, as is generally true of members of that organization — whose traditions go back to the footloose Wobblies — I kicked around the country a lot. At various times I lived and worked and was politically active in California, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia and Alabama. (I ran for Birmingham City Council when I lived in Alabama back in 1979.) (No, I didn’t win the election.)
By 1992, to bring this little story back to its origins, I decided it was time to forgo my political activity and try my hand at writing. After more than 25 years as a political activist, I figured I’d paid my dues and I could in good conscience spend the rest of my life trying to see if I could succeed at what at been my original daydream as a young man — write science fiction and fantasy.
Andra som nämns på en del andra sajter är John Barnes, Terry Bisson, David Brin, Octavia Butler, Eugene Byrne, Kim Newman, Paul Di Filippo, Nicola Griffith, Nancy Kress, Simon Louvish, Marge Piercy, Joan Slonczewski, Norman Spinrad, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick och Warren Wagar, Flertalet av de nämnda är inte på något sätt vad jag skulle kala vänster även om Octavia Butler nog kan sägas vara det, liksom sannolikt Simon Louvish. Kanske även en del andra, men det får jag kanske anledning att komma tillbaks till.