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Encyclopedia > Samuel R. Delany

Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. (born April 1, 1942, New York City) is an award-winning American science fiction author. He has written works that have garnered substantial critical acclaim, including the novels The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Hogg, Dhalgren, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series. Since January 2001 he has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is widely known in the academic world as a literary critic. April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Nova (1968) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Hogg is a pornographic novel written by Samuel R. Delany. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Return to Nevèrÿon is a series of eleven “sword and sorcery” stories by Samuel R. Delany, originally published in four volumes during the years 1979-1987. ... Temple University is a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Plato is credited with the inception of academia: the body of knowledge, its development and transmission across generations. ... Literary criticism is the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. ...

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Biography

Delany was born to a prominent black family in 1942 and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father ran a successful undertaking establishment, Levy and Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Avenue in Harlem, between 1938 and his death in 1960. Delany attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science. Delany and the poet Marilyn Hacker, who met in high school, were married in 1961 for nineteen years and have a daughter. This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... The Dalton School, originally called the Childrens University School, is a private college-preparatory school in New York City. ... The Bronx High School of Science, commonly called Bronx Science, or just Science, is a specialized New York City public high school located in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx, with no tuition charges and admission by exam. ... Marilyn Hacker (born 1942) is an American poet, critic, and reviewer. ...


Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of 20. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as several prize-winning short stories (collected in Driftglass [1971] and more recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories [2002]). His tenth and most popular novel, Dhalgren, was published in 1974. His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nevèrÿon series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book. Aye, and Gomorrah is the first published short story by Samuel R. Delany; it appears in his anthologies Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah and other stories. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... See also: 1973 in literature, other events of 1974, 1975 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Return to Nevèrÿon is a series of eleven “sword and sorcery” stories by Samuel R. Delany, originally published in four volumes during the years 1979-1987. ...


Delany has published several autobiographical/semi-autobiographical accounts of his life as a black and gay writer, including his Hugo award winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water. For music albums named Autobiography, see Greek eauton = self, bios = life and graphein = write) is a form of biography, the writing of a life story. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Motion of Light in Water - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


Since 1988, Delany has been a professor at several universities. He spent 11 years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo, then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he has been teaching since. He has had several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years. He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays, and a best-selling book (Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, 1999) about the effort to redevelop Times Square and what it means for working class gay men in New York City. The center of the UMass Amherst campus. ... University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (also known as the State University of New York at Buffalo or SUNY-Buffalo and abbreviated as UB) is located in Buffalo and Amherst, New York. ... Temple University is a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the year 2001. ...


Themes

Recurring themes in Delany's work include Mythology, memory, language, and perception. Class, position in society, and the ability to move from one social stratum to another are motifs that are touched on in his earlier work and became more significant in his later fiction and non-fiction, both. Writing itself (both prose and poetry) is also a repeated theme: several of his characters--Geo in The Jewels of Aptor, Vol Nonik in The Fall of the Towers, Rydra Wong in Babel-17, Ny Ti Lee in Empire Star, Katin Crawford in Nova, the Kid in Dhalgren, and Osudh in Phallos--are writers or poets. Delany also makes use of repeated imagery: several characters (Hogg, the Kid, and the sensory syrynx player, the Mouse, in Nova) are known for wearing only one shoe; and nail biting along with rough, calloused (and sometimes veiny) hands are characteristics given to individuals in a number of his fictions. Names are sometimes reused: "Bellona" is the name of a city in both Dhalgren and Trouble on Triton, and "Denny" is a character in both Dhalgren and Hogg (which were written almost concurrently despite being published two decades apart). // For the Derek Sherinian album, see Mythology (Derek Sherinian album). ... For other uses, see Memory (disambiguation). ... In psychology and the cognitive sciences, perception is the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Triton (1976) is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Samuel Delany. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Hogg is a pornographic novel written by Samuel R. Delany. ...


Following the 1968 publication of Nova, there is not only a large gap in Delany's published work (after releasing eight novels and a novella between 1962 and 1968, Delany's published output virtually stops until 1973), there is also a notable addition to the themes found in the stories published after that time. It is at this point that Delany begins dealing with sexual themes to an extent rarely equalled in serious writing. Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand include several sexually explicit passages, and several of his books such as Equinox (originally published as The Tides of Lust, a title that Delany does not endorse), The Mad Man, Hogg and Phallos can be considered pornography, a term Delany himself endorses. Novels such as Trouble on Triton and the thousand-plus pages making up his four-volume Return to Neveryon series explore in detail how sexuality and sexual attitudes relate to the socioeconomic underpinnings of a primitive--or, in Trouble on Triton's case, futuristic--society. Even in works with no science fiction or fantasy content to speak of, such as Atlantis: Three Tales, The Mad Man, and Hogg, Delany pursues these questions by creating vivid pictures of New York City, now in the Jazz-Age, now in the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, private schools in the 1950s, Greece and Europe in the 1960s, and--in Hogg--generalized small-town America. Delany's most recent fiction, Phallos, details the quest for happiness and security by a gay man from the island of Syracuse in the second-century reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Nova (1968) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand (1984) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Equinox is a 1973 novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delanys first published foray into explicitly sexual material. ... The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak, which many have called pornographic. ... Hogg is a pornographic novel written by Samuel R. Delany. ... Phallos is a 2004 novella by Samuel R. Delany. ... Pornography (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... Trouble on Triton - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Return to Nevèrÿon is a series of eleven “sword and sorcery” stories by Samuel R. Delany, originally published in four volumes during the years 1979-1987. ... Triton (1976) is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Samuel Delany. ... The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak, which many have called pornographic. ... Hogg is a pornographic novel written by Samuel R. Delany. ... Hogg can refer to: Hogg, a novel by Samuel R. Delany Allister Hogg, rugby union player Douglas Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham Brad Hogg, Australian cricketer Frank Scott Hogg and Helen Sawyer Hogg, astronomers Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg, American-Canadian astronomer James Stephen Hogg (also known... Phallos is a 2004 novella by Samuel R. Delany. ...


Delany has also published several books of literary criticism, with an emphasis on issues in science fiction and other paraliterary genres, comparative literature, and queer studies. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Paraliterature is an academic term for genre literature, such as science fiction, fantasy, mystery, pulp fiction and comic books, that is not generally considered literary fiction by mainstream literary standards. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Comparative literature, colloquially abbreviated comp. ... Queer studies is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. ...


Selected bibliography

Fiction

Novels

The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delanys first published novel. ... Captives of the Flame is a 1963 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the first novel in the Fall of the Towers trilogy. ... The Towers of Toron is a 1964 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the second novel in the Fall of the Towers trilogy. ... City of a Thousand Suns is a 1965 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the final novel in the Fall of the Towers trilogy. ... The Ballad of Beta-2 is a 1965 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... A 1966 novella by Samuel R. Delany, often published as a separate book. ... Babel-17 is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir_Whorf Hypothesis (that language forms thought) is strongly influential. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... Nova (1968) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Equinox is a 1973 novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delanys first published foray into explicitly sexual material. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Triton (1976) is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Samuel Delany. ... Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand (1984) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... They Fly at Çiron is a 1993 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak, which many have called pornographic. ... Hogg is a pornographic novel written by Samuel R. Delany. ... Phallos is a 2004 novella by Samuel R. Delany. ...

Return to Nevèrÿon series

  • Return to Nevèrÿon series main article
  • Tales of Nevèrÿon (short stories) (1979), ISBN 0-553-12333-5
  • Neveryóna (novel) (1983), ISBN 0-553-01434-X
  • Flight From Nevèrÿon (novellas) (1985), ISBN 0-553-24856-1
  • The Bridge of Lost Desire (novellas) (1987), ISBN 0-87795-931-5, revised as Return to Nevèrÿon (1994), ISBN 0-8195-6278-5

Return to Nevèrÿon is a series of eleven “sword and sorcery” stories by Samuel R. Delany, originally published in four volumes during the years 1979-1987. ... Tales of Nevèrÿon collects a preface and five sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany. ... Neveryóna, or: The Tale of Signs and Cities is a sword and sorcery novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Flight from Nevèrÿon is a collection of sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany. ... Return to Nevèrÿon collects three sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany, along with an appendix: The Game of Time and Pain, The Tale of Rumor and Desire, and The Tale of Gorgik, and Appendix: Closures and Openings. ... Return to Nevèrÿon collects three sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany, along with an appendix: The Game of Time and Pain, The Tale of Rumor and Desire, and The Tale of Gorgik, and Appendix: Closures and Openings. ...

Short story collections

  • Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories (1967), ISBN 0-375-70671-2
  • Driftglass (1971)
  • Distant Stars (1981, illustrated), ISBN 0-553-01336-X
  • Atlantis: Three Tales (1995), ISBN 0-8195-5283-6

(Driftglass and Distant Stars include the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones." Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories is a compilation of all of Delany's short fiction, excepting the Nevèrÿon tales and the tales from Atlantis.) Aye, and Gomorrah is the first published short story by Samuel R. Delany; it appears in his anthologies Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah and other stories. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ...


Nonfiction

Critical works

  • The Jewel-hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (1977)
  • The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction (1978)
  • Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (1984)
  • The Straits of Messina (1989), ISBN 0-934933-04-9
  • Silent Interviews (1995), ISBN 0-8195-6280-7
  • Longer Views (1996, with an introduction by Kenneth R. James), ISBN 0-8195-6293-9
  • Shorter Views (1999), ISBN 0-8195-6369-2
  • About Writing (2005), ISBN 0-8195-6716-7

Silent Interviews is a 1995 collection of written interviews with author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. ... Longer Views is a 1996 collection of extended essays by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. ... Shorter Views is a 1999 collection of essays on race, sexuality, science fiction, and the art of writing by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. ...

Memoirs and letters

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Other facts

  • Delany's name is one of the most misspelled in science fiction, with over 60 different spellings in reviews. His publisher Doubleday even misspelled his name on the title page of his book Driftglass as did the organizers of the 16th Balticon where Delany was guest of honour.
  • Delany is dyslexic.
  • The Library of Congress incorrectly recorded his nationality as English.
  • Delany's aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany, known as the Delany sisters. They both lived to be over 100 years old, and published Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. Delany retells some of their adventures in his book Atlantis: Three Tales.
  • Among Delany's more unusual credits is that he wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman in 1972, during a controversial period in the publication's history when the lead character abandoned her superpowers and became a secret agent. Delany scripted issues #202 and #203 of the series.
  • Delany's story Aye, and Gomorrah was included in Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions. Ellison gave a short introduction that ironically pointed out how Delany was one of the last straight science fiction authors.
  • Since he was ten years old, most of his friends and acquaintances have called him by the nickname Chip
  • A character based on Delany, wearing an Engineering antiradiation suit, has a cameo in Chris Claremont's and Adam Hughes's Star Trek graphic novel, Debt of Honor (1992).
  • Currently Delany is the April "calender boy" in the 2007 Legends of the Village calender put out by Village Care of New York.

Balticon is the Maryland Regional Science fiction convention in the same way that the Worldcon is the World Science Fiction Convention. ... Developmental dyslexia is a condition or learning disability which causes difficulty with reading and writing. ... The Great Hall interior. ... Sarah Louise Sadie Delany (September 19, 1889 - January 25, 1999) and Annie Elizabeth Bessie Delany (September 3, 1891- September 25, 1995) were authors and civil rights pioneers. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... Aye, and Gomorrah is the first published short story by Samuel R. Delany; it appears in his anthologies Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah and other stories. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Dangerous Visions (ISBN 0-425-06176-0) was a path-breaking science fiction short story anthology edited by Harlan Ellison and published in 1967. ... Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950 in London, England, United Kingdom) is a comic book writer, best known for his 16-year (1976-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industrys most successful properties. ... I am Adam Hughes. ... This article is about the Star Trek franchise. ...

See also

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  • Samuel R. Delany at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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References

  • Robert S. Bravard; Michael W. Peplow, Through a Glass Darkly: Bibliographing Samuel R. Delany in Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 18, No. 2.

 
 

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