In 1970, Jefferson Airplane was relatively inactive, so Paul Kantner took the opportunity to create this album, Blows Against the Empire, jointly credited to Kantner and Jefferson Starship. (This usage of the name Jefferson Starship predates the actual band.) A concept album about hippies stealing a spaceship to escape from oppression on Earth/the U.S., BatE was nominated for a Hugo, the first such nomination for a musical album. (Firesign Theatre’s Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers also received a Hugo nom the same year.)
Kantner borrowed from Methuselah’s Children, among other Robert Heinlein works, and sent Heinlein a letter asking permission. Heinlein was pleased to be asked (for a change) and rather surprisingly (to me) requested an autographed Jefferson Airplane album to go with the four he already owned. Perhaps less surprising, he follows up this request by flirting with Grace Slick.
So, how many Bowie albums must he have had?