Samuel Delany

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I recently started reading the tales of neveryon, i'm generally not a fan of short stories but since they're all set in neveryon, i'm interested in how the stories are going to relate to each other and if it's all going to fit together somehow.

whos next with plex (prettylikealaindelon), Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:38 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

saw him speak at the university of chicago for the second time tonight (he's just ending a visiting professorship). it was mostly sort of autobiographical this time; he told a great story about hooking up with a senegalese prince in paris in the mid-60s. i got him to sign my copy of trouble on triton

1staethyr, Saturday, 1 February 2014 03:52 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

72nd birthday today

Babby's on fiber (WilliamC), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 20:48 (five years ago) link

The only one of his novels I have unequivocally enjoyed was Babel-17, of which the ebook is on sale for $1.99 today- as has been noted before, both Shakey and I find his style maddening - but the critical writings I have read from him are grebt.

tl;dr5-49 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 April 2014 20:25 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Good (first half of an) interview: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/07/interview-samuel-r-delany-three-novels-launched-career-part-1/

He was also interviewed by Gary Wolfe for the Coode Street Podcast — http://jonathanstrahan.podbean.com/e/episode-241-samuel-r-delany/ — but it seemed a bit lightweight and inessential. Getting a bit of press/doing a bit of promotional work for the new Vintage edition of three early novels.

dart scar rashes (WilliamC), Friday, 24 July 2015 15:45 (four years ago) link

i have a book of interviews with him and it is endlessly fascinating even when he repeats himself over the years.

scott seward, Friday, 24 July 2015 19:01 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Terrific how Delany was worked into this piece on Chaturbate

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 October 2015 15:15 (three years ago) link

Emily Witt has now built a fine, fine portfolio of pieces on this intersection of sex and the interwebs.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 October 2015 15:16 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

I haven't read the whole thing so I can't judge but some stuff Delany has said about child abuse and nambla probably wouldn't have been received nearly as well if he wasn't considered such a hero and so good writing about race. He's in the comments too.

http://shetterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/a-conversation-with-samuel-r-delany.html

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 20:41 (two years ago) link

I struggle so much with this - as a person who, when underage, had meaningful relationships with people who were above the age of consent, which, 35 years later, I still don't think of as wrong or hurtful - it's a difficult discussion to have without seeming like a monster. certainly when Delaney says that, at the age of nine, he was entering into consensual sexual relationships with adults...I'm a dad now, two boys: I can't accept that, viscerally I reject that. but at the same time, I got a letter from a Joan Crawford fan a month ago or so: a dude who's doing twenty years in prison. he was in his late twenties having a relationship with a sixteen-year-old boy, and the parents got wind of it, and they threw the book at him. I looked up his case: his victim insisted no victimization had ever taken place, but the southern judge didn't care at all, and put him away. where's the justice in that? I feel like this is Delaney's point broadly put, but the concept of an age of consent feels valuable.

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 21:26 (two years ago) link

one of the most struggly subjects there is. I have not even the faintest stab at encompassing it.

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 21:28 (two years ago) link

I haven't read the whole thing so I can't judge but some stuff Delany has said about child abuse and nambla probably wouldn't have been received nearly as well if he wasn't considered such a hero and so good writing about race. He's in the comments too.

http://shetterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/a-conversation-with-samuel-r-delany.html

― Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:41 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it's a very difficult topic but framing it this way is disingenuous garbage.

until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:16 (two years ago) link

delany isn't a race writer. did you mean "because he's black?"

until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:20 (two years ago) link

he's not a good writer either tbf

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:23 (two years ago) link

I can't have much of an opinion on something I haven't finished but I doubt most other writers talking about similar things would be treated so well. The interview happened because it was being said too many big figures in the genre were getting a free pass while others were getting a ton of shit for relatively minor things, but nobody really knew a lot about Delany's stance on this stuff. Do you think I'm implying he should be dragged through the dirt for his opinions?

delany isn't a race writer. did you mean "because he's black?"

No, because he wrote some very good articles on racism in the past that have been heavily circulated and praised in the past several years when the topic has been at the forefront of sff discussions.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:42 (two years ago) link

fair

until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 23:40 (two years ago) link

sorry i had my hackles up

until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 23:41 (two years ago) link

That's okay.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 23:44 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Happy 75th birthday.

scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Sunday, 2 April 2017 00:18 (two years ago) link

I'm always scared to open this thread.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 2 April 2017 00:27 (two years ago) link

This thread is v repetitive

Οὖτις, Sunday, 2 April 2017 01:20 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

In Glasgow for several events during the next Arika eisode:

http://arika.org.uk/events/episode-9-other-worlds-already-exist/programme

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Sunday, 29 October 2017 14:50 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Just finished Dhalgren, my first trip into Delany. I really liked large chunks of it, but other portions were definitely a slog. Even aside from the tedious descriptions of underage orgies, it did feel like some of the same plot points just kept cycling through without moving the story forward. But many of the characters were terrifically drawn and I enjoyed his world-building, what's a good next step?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:14 (three months ago) link

I enjoyed Dhalgren alright but somehow that's where I got off the bus, many years ago--several people have told me I should have at least gone on to Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, and maybe I will, but right now thinking of re-reading his fun, imaginative debutThe Jewels of Aptor, published when he was 19, I think, also should dig up my copy of a chunky drugstore paperback, The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction of Samuel R. Delany. which Amazon describes thusly:Combined edition of two novels and two short stories which won the Nebula Award. Babel - 17 (winner, 1966 Nebula, 1995 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Classics; nominated, 1967 Hugo Award; 1975 Locus Poll Award, All-Time Best Novel (Place: 36)); A Fabulous, Formless Darkness (original title The Einstein Intersection) (winner, 1967 Nebula Award; nominated, 1968 Hugo Award); Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (winner, 1969 Nebula Award, 1970 Hugo Award); Aye, and Gomorrah (winner, 1967 Nebula Award; nominated, 1968 Hugo Award) The cheapest (by far) copy they have of this is $24.03, but worth it, if condition is okay. They have a lot more by him.

dow, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 21:24 (three months ago) link

that sounds like a good 'tracklist' for sure.

You might check out the Neveryon stuff, bronze age fantasy as vehicle for a dive into semiotics. I loved the two of them I read.

Triton is great also.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 21:27 (three months ago) link

I enjoyed the Neveryon books on rereading a couple of years ago. Reread The Einstein Intersection last year and understood it better than the first time I read it. Nova, Triton, and Stars in My Pocket are all good.

The Mod Who Banned Liberty Valance (WmC), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 22:47 (three months ago) link

imo triton and stars in my pocket are the masterworks

the late great, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 23:52 (three months ago) link

Thanks! I think I'm leaning to Stars In My Pocket next, though it may come down to what the library has available.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:36 (three months ago) link


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