Jason Heller

Jason Heller is the author of STRANGE STARS, a book about sci-fi’s influence on ’70s music (David Bowie, P-Funk, Hawkwind, Rush, Kraftwerk, Devo, and everything in between), available everywhere books are sold.

Jason is also the author of the alternate history novel TAFT 2012 (Quirk), the Goosebumps book SLAPPY’S REVENGE (Scholastic), the Pirates of the Caribbean book THE CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW HANDBOOK (Quirk), and numerous short stories in magazines and anthologies, including SWORDS V. CTHULHU (Stone Skin Press). He’s the former nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and won a Hugo Award in 2013 as part of that editing team, and he co-edited  the science fiction anthology CYBER WORLD (Hex Publishers). He’s written about pop culture for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The A.V. Club, and many others.

In his spare time he plays guitar in the post-punk band WEATHERED STATUES and is a resident DJ at FUNK CLUB and MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB. He lives in Denver with his wife, Angie.

Find Jason on his website, or follow him on Twitter @jason_m_heller.


  • Non-Fiction
    Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
    Jason Heller



Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
“If you like classic rock or classic science fiction, definitely check out STRANGE STARS for a truly worthwhile walk down memory lane. If you like both, consider this a must-have.”


“An adventurous guide through 1970s music zeitgeists, Heller’s work will pique the interests of those in search of something a little more cosmic.”

Publishers Weekly

“This is an impressive guide for anyone who wants to explore the ear-tingling sci-fi pop of the turbulent 1970s, and Heller very helpfully provides extensive notes and a detailed discography.”

Starburst Magazine

“STRANGE STARS is full of cosmic wisdom that will open your mind to alien melodies, and also make you hear your favorite classic rock and funk in a whole new way. This book taught me so much about the science fiction influences of some of my favorite albums, but also a ton of surprising stuff about how music shaped the worlds of science fiction. A totally indispensable guide.”

Charlie Jane Anders, Nebula Award-winning author of ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY

“STRANGE STARS is an ultra-engaging dive into science fiction’s impact on the rock and pop music we know and love. Heller’s exploration of where these fandoms intersect and become one is gloriously nerdy delight that expands far beyond Bowie. It connects the essential dots between the transportive work of J.G. Ballard, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, British New Wave, and Phillip K. Dick.”


“There’s never been anything like STRANGE STARS before—a fantastic voyage through rock & roll history, decoding the sci-fi inspiration that’s always lurked at the heart of it. Jason Heller finds the interstellar connections between visionaries from Sun Ra to Kraftwerk to P-Funk to Bowie, from The Left Hand of Darkness to The Dark Side of the Moon. This brilliant book makes you hear whole new strains of weirdness in music you thought you already knew.”

Rob Sheffield, author of ON BOWIE