The sci-fi author on Cormac McCarthy, and the influence of William S Burroughs and Kurt Vonnegut
The book that changed my life
So many have! I don’t think of this in terms of landmark game-changers, but of as a matter of cumulative effect. One very early example would be Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night. It was my introduction to the idea that the sort of book I was looking for didn’t necessarily have to be labeled as science fiction. Another would be Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald, which would also have been my first experience of anti-war satire.