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Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany

Overview
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., also known as "Chip" (born April 1, 1942) is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes a number of novels, many in the science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 genre, as well as memoir
Memoir
A memoir , is a literary genre, forming a subclass of autobiography – although the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost interchangeable. Memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all autobiographical writing follows the criteria for memoir set out below...

, criticism
Criticism
Criticism is the judgement of the merits and faults of the work or actions of an individual or group by another . To criticize does not necessarily imply to find fault, but the word is often taken to mean the simple expression of an objection against prejudice, or a disapproval.Another meaning of...

, and essays on sexuality
Sexual orientation
Sexual orientation describes a pattern of emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to the opposite sex, the same sex, both, or neither, and the genders that accompany them. By the convention of organized researchers, these attractions are subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality,...

 and society.

His science fiction novels include Babel-17
Babel-17
Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis plays an important part...

, The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.The novel is purportedly influenced by...

 (winners of the Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 for 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova
Nova (novel)
Nova is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. Nominally space opera, it explores the politics and culture of a future where cyborg technology is universal, yet major decisions can involve using tarot cards. It has strong mythological overtones, relating to both the Grail Quest and Jason's...

, Dhalgren
Dhalgren
Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. The story begins with a cryptic passage:to wound the autumnal city.So howled out for the world to give him a name.The in-dark answered with wind....

, and the Return to Nevèrÿon
Return to Nevèrÿon (series)
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...

 series. After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2002.
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Quotations

It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind. (p. 163)

We have done a tiny bit to free the darkies in this country. But the devil is still very much our slave. (p. 60)

Always remember the objects you are working with. When you make a bridge, remember you are putting steel on stone and dirt. ... Some day you will write poems to a little girl: marks with ink on paper. ... When you are making love, you are moving flesh against flesh. That is the basis of all magic. (p. 30)

Yeah, nigger, you better grin. Niggers can't smile in this book. (p. 87)

What I look for in a friend is someone who's different from me. The more different the person is, the more I'll learn from him. The more he'll come up with surprising takes on ideas and things and situations. (p. 239)

But it's always intriguing to discover the ways in which desire fuels the systems of the world. (p. 257)

Honesty is the best policy; a policy is, after all, a strategy for living in the polis — in the city ... (p. 78) [ellipses in original]

Encyclopedia
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., also known as "Chip" (born April 1, 1942) is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes a number of novels, many in the science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 genre, as well as memoir
Memoir
A memoir , is a literary genre, forming a subclass of autobiography – although the terms 'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost interchangeable. Memoir is autobiographical writing, but not all autobiographical writing follows the criteria for memoir set out below...

, criticism
Criticism
Criticism is the judgement of the merits and faults of the work or actions of an individual or group by another . To criticize does not necessarily imply to find fault, but the word is often taken to mean the simple expression of an objection against prejudice, or a disapproval.Another meaning of...

, and essays on sexuality
Sexual orientation
Sexual orientation describes a pattern of emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to the opposite sex, the same sex, both, or neither, and the genders that accompany them. By the convention of organized researchers, these attractions are subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality,...

 and society.

His science fiction novels include Babel-17
Babel-17
Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis plays an important part...

, The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.The novel is purportedly influenced by...

 (winners of the Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 for 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova
Nova (novel)
Nova is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. Nominally space opera, it explores the politics and culture of a future where cyborg technology is universal, yet major decisions can involve using tarot cards. It has strong mythological overtones, relating to both the Grail Quest and Jason's...

, Dhalgren
Dhalgren
Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. The story begins with a cryptic passage:to wound the autumnal city.So howled out for the world to give him a name.The in-dark answered with wind....

, and the Return to Nevèrÿon
Return to Nevèrÿon (series)
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...

 series. After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2002. Between 1988 and 1999 he was a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system...

. Between 1999 and 2000 he was a professor of English at SUNY Buffalo. Since January 2001 he has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University
Temple University
Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Originally founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple University is among the nation's largest providers of professional education and prepares the largest body of professional...

 in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program.

Life and career


Samuel Delany was born on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is the largest public library in North America and is one of the United States' most significant research libraries...

 system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy & Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Avenue, between 1938 and his death in 1960. The family lived in the top two floors of a three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings. Delany's aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany; he used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventures of his characters Elsie and Corry in the opening novella "Atlantis: Model 1924" in his book of semi-autobiographical stories Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales is a 1995 collection of three stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories are "Atlantis: Model 1924", "Eric, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence's Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling", and "Citre et Trans"...

.

Delany attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science
Bronx High School of Science
The Bronx High School of Science is a specialized New York City public high school often considered the premier science magnet school in the United States. Founded in 1938, it is now located in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx...

, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun
Camp Rising Sun
Camp Rising Sun is an invitation-only, international, full-scholarship, leadership summer program for students aged 14–16. Operated by the Louis August Jonas Foundation , a non-profit organization, the program lasts for seven weeks...

, the Louis August Jonas Foundation's international summer scholarship program. Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

 met on their first day together in high school in September, 1956, and were married five years later in August, 1961. Their marriage lasted twelve years, and they had a daughter, Iva Hacker-Delany (b. 1974), who spent a decade working in theater in New York City and recently graduated from medical school.

Delany has identified as a gay man since adolescence, though some authors have classified him as bisexual.

Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of 20, though he actually finished writing that first novel — The Jewels of Aptor
The Jewels of Aptor
The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published novel. Prior to this, he had sold a pair of articles to Seventeen Magazine, only one of which was printed...

 — while still only 19 years old. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as two prize-winning short stories (collected in Driftglass
Driftglass
Driftglass is a 1971 collection of science fiction short stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Worlds of Tomorrow, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, If and New Worlds or the anthologies Quark/3, Dangerous Visions and Alchemy & Academe.-Contents:*...

 [1971] and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories
Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories
Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, by Samuel R. Delany is a thematically arranged collection, in the style of James Joyce’s Dubliners , Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio , and Willa Cather’s Youth and the Bright Medusa . Also, for all practical purposes, it is Delany’s collected science...

 [2002]). In 1966, with Hacker remaining in New York, Delany took an extended trip to Europe, spending several months in Turkey and Greece. These locales found their way into several pieces of his work at that time, including the novel Nova
Nova (novel)
Nova is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. Nominally space opera, it explores the politics and culture of a future where cyborg technology is universal, yet major decisions can involve using tarot cards. It has strong mythological overtones, relating to both the Grail Quest and Jason's...

 and the short stories "Aye, and Gomorrah
Aye, and Gomorrah
"Aye, and Gomorrah..." is a famous science fiction short story by Samuel R. Delany. It is Delany's first sold short story, and won the 1967 Nebula Award for best short story. Before it appeared in Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, it was first published as the closing tale in...

" and "Dog in a Fisherman's Net".

After returning from Europe, Delany and Hacker moved to San Francisco, and again to London, before returning to New York. It was during that time that Delany began working with sexual themes and wrote two pornographic works, one of which (Hogg
Hogg (novel)
Hogg is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, often described as pornographic. It was written in San Francisco in 1969 and completed just days before the Stonewall Riots in New York City. A further draft was completed in 1973 in London...

) was considered to be completely unpublishable due to the nature of its content. It would, in fact, be twenty years from the time Delany finished writing the novel before it saw print.

His eleventh and most popular novel, the million-plus-selling Dhalgren
Dhalgren
Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. The story begins with a cryptic passage:to wound the autumnal city.So howled out for the world to give him a name.The in-dark answered with wind....

, was published in 1975
1975 in literature
The year 1975 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:* August 12 — with the 20-year time limit stipulated by Thomas Mann at his death having expired, sealed packets containing 32 of the author's notebooks were opened in Zurich, Switzerland.* Writing under the...

 to both literary acclaim (from both inside and outside the science fiction community) and derision (mostly from within the community). Though he wrote two more major science fiction novels (Triton
Triton (novel)
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was nominated for the 1976 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for a retrospective James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1995...

 and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was part of a planned diptych whose second half, The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities, remains unfinished; in September 1996 the Review of Contemporary Fiction printed an excerpt.-Plot summary:The...

) in the decade following Dhalgren, Delany began to work in fantasy for several years. His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nevèrÿon series
Return to Nevèrÿon (series)
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...

, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book. Following the publication of the Return to Nevèrÿon series, Delany published one more fantasy novel. Released in 1993, They Fly at Çiron
They Fly at Çiron
They Fly at Çiron is a 1993 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, wholly rewritten and expanded from a novelette written in the 1960s....

 is a re-written and expanded version of an unpublished short story Delany wrote in 1962. This would be Delany's last novel in either the science fiction or fantasy genres for many years as he then turned his attention to mainstream literature, pornography, and non-fiction, the latter mostly in the form of literary criticism, interviews, and memoirs.

Delany has published several autobiographical/semi-autobiographical accounts of his life as a black, gay, and highly dyslexic
Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person's fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read, and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, or rapid...

 writer, including his Hugo award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water
The Motion of Light in Water
The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village is an autobiography by science fiction author Samuel R. Delany in which he recounts his experiences as growing up a gay African American, as well as some of his time in an interracial and open marriage. It describes...

.

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 Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system...

, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, also commonly known as the University at Buffalo or UB, is a public research university and a "University Center" in the State University of New York system. The university was founded by Millard Fillmore in 1846. UB has multiple campuses...

, then moved to the English Department of Temple University
Temple University
Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Originally founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple University is among the nation's largest providers of professional education and prepares the largest body of professional...

 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. In one of his non-fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
Times Square Red, Times Square Blue is a non-fiction book written by famed science fiction author Samuel R. Delany and published in 1999 by the New York University Press...

 (1999), he draws on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square
Times Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets...

 and the public sex lives of working-class men, gay and straight, in New York City.

In 2007, his novel Dark Reflections was a winner of the Stonewall Book Award
Stonewall Book Award
Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association , the Stonewall Book Award is for LGBT books...

. That same year Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, directed by Fred Barney Taylor. The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is a film festival founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.The mission of the festival...

. The following year, 2008, it tied for Jury Award for Best Documentary at the International Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Also in 2007, Delany was the April "calendar boy" in the "Legends of the Village" calendar put out by Village Care of New York.

In 2010, Delany was one of the five judges (along with Andrei Codrescu
Andrei Codrescu
Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009....

, Sabina Murray
Sabina Murray
Sabina Murray is an award-winning Filipina American screenwriter, and a novelist currently a Professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.-Background and career:...

, Joanna Scott
Joanna Scott
Joanna Scott is an American author and Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester.Scott has received critical acclaim for her novels...

, and Carolyn See
Carolyn See
Carolyn See is the author of nine books, including the memoir, Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, an advice book on writing, Making a Literary Life, and the novels There Will Never Be Another You and The Handyman....

) for the National Book Awards fiction category.

His papers are housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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
Balticon
Balticon is the Maryland Regional science fiction convention, sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society . It has been held annually since 1966...

 where Delany was guest of honor.

Themes



Recurring themes in Delany's work include mythology
Mythology
The term mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or collection of myths. As examples, comparative mythology is the study of connections between myths from different cultures, whereas Greek mythology is the body of myths from ancient Greece...

, memory
Memory
In psychology, memory is an organism's ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences. Traditional studies of memory began in the fields of philosophy, including techniques of artificially enhancing memory....

, language
Language
Language may refer either to the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, or to a specific instance of such a system of complex communication...

, and perception
Perception
Perception is the process of attaining awareness or understanding of the environment by organizing and interpreting sensory information. All perception involves signals in the nervous system, which in turn result from physical stimulation of the sense organs...

. Class, position in society, and the ability to move from one social stratum to another are motifs that were touched on in his earlier work and became more significant in his later fiction and non-fiction, both. Many of Delany's later (mid-1980s and beyond) works have bodies of water (mostly oceans and rivers) as a common theme, as mentioned by Delany in The Polymath. Though not a theme, coffee, more than any other beverage, is mentioned significantly and often in many of Delany's fictions.

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
The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fiction books by Samuel R. Delany.First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame , The Towers of Toron , and City of a Thousand Suns...

, Rydra Wong in Babel-17
Babel-17
Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis plays an important part...

, Ni Ty Lee in Empire Star
Empire Star
Empire Star is a 1966 science fiction novella by Samuel R. Delany. It is often published together with another book, most frequently with The Ballad of Beta-2. Delany hoped to have it first published as part of an Ace Double with Babel-17, but instead it was published with Tree Lord of Imeten by...

, Katin Crawford in Nova, the Kid, Ernest Newboy, and William in Dhalgren, Arnold Hawley in Dark Reflections
Dark Reflections
Dark Reflections is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, published in 2007 by Carroll & Graf, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. In 2008 it received a Stonewall Book Award and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction.-Plot:...

, John Marr and Timothy Hasler in The Mad Man
The Mad Man
The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak. In a disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the book, Delany describes it as a "pornotopic fantasy". It was originally published in 1994, republished and slightly revised in 1996,...

, and Osudh in Phallos
Phallos (novella)
Phallos is a short novel — or novella — by Samuel R. Delany, published by Bamberger Books.Phallos takes the form of a modern online essay recounting the history and giving a synopsis of a nonexistent novel also called Phallos, set in the Mediterranean during the reign of the Emperor...

 — are writers or poets of some sort.

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, "Denny" is a character in both Dhalgren and Hogg (which were written almost concurrently despite being published two decades apart), and the name "Hawk" is used for four different characters in three separate stories – Hogg, and the novellas "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" is a science fiction short story by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story 1970, and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 1969.-Plot summary:...

" and "The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.The novel is purportedly influenced by...

."

Jewels, reflection, and refraction — not just the imagery but reflection and refraction of text and concepts — are also strong themes and metaphors in Delany’s work: Titles such as The Jewels of Aptor, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", Driftglass, and Dark Reflections along with the optic chain of prisms, mirrors, and lenses worn by several characters in Dhalgren are a few examples of this. Reflection and refraction in narrative are explored in Dhalgren and take center stage in his Return to Nevèrÿon series.

Following the 1968 publication of Nova, there was 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 was also a notable addition to the themes found in the stories published after that time. It was at this point that Delany began dealing with sexual themes to an extent rarely equaled 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
Equinox (novel)
Equinox is a 1973 novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published foray into explicitly sexual material. It tells of a series of erotic and violent encounters in a small American seaport following the arrival of an African-American sea captain...

 (originally published as The Tides of Lust, a title that Delany does not endorse), The Mad Man
The Mad Man
The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak. In a disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the book, Delany describes it as a "pornotopic fantasy". It was originally published in 1994, republished and slightly revised in 1996,...

, Hogg
Hogg
Hogg may refer to:Persons with the surname Hogg:*Hogg In fiction:*Hogg , a novel by Samuel R. Delany*Wernham Hogg, the fictional paper company from the British TV series The Office*Hogg, a fictional family of Hobbits...

 and, Phallos can be considered pornography, a label Delany himself endorses.

Novels such as Trouble on Triton and the thousand-plus pages making up his four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series explored in detail how sexuality and sexual attitudes relate to the socioeconomic underpinnings of a primitive — or, in Trouble on Tritons 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 pursued these questions by creating vivid pictures of New York City, now in the Jazz Age
Jazz Age
The Jazz Age was a movement that took place during the 1920s or the Roaring Twenties from which jazz music and dance emerged. The movement came about with the introduction of mainstream radio and the end of the war. This era ended in the 1930s with the beginning of The Great Depression but has...

, 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. 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. Dark Reflections is a contemporary novel, dealing with themes of repression, old age, and the writer's unrewarded life.

The Mad Man, Phallos, and Dark Reflections are linked in minor ways. The beast mentioned at the beginning of The Mad Man graces the cover of Phallos. In Dark Reflections we learn that novel's protagonist, Arnold Hawley, was the actual anonymous author of the fictive Phallos (the non-existent novel of the same name that Delany's novella "quotes from" and discusses at length). Additionally, Delany's forthcoming Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is a forthcoming novel by Samuel R. Delany, wholly rewritten and expanded from "In the Valley of the Nest of Spiders", a short story that appeared in issue 7 of Black Clock magazine.-Plot summary:...

 contains several scenes with a statue of the beast from The Mad Man. Finally, the encapsulating "outer frame" story of Phallos is that of one Adrian Rome, whose life partner is someone named Shoat Rumblin. Shoat Rumblin is the name of yet another of Delany's forthcoming works, an excerpt of which appeared in Volume 24, Number 2 of "Callaloo".

Delany has also published several books of literary criticism, with an emphasis on issues in science fiction and other paraliterary
Paraliterature
Paraliterature is an academic term for genre literature, such as science fiction, fantasy, mystery, pulp fiction and comic books, which is not generally considered literary fiction by mainstream literary standards....

 genre
Genre
Genre , Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or culture, e.g. music, and in general, any type of discourse, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time...

s, comparative literature
Comparative literature
Comparative literature is an academic field dealing with the literature of two or more different linguistic, cultural or national groups...

, and queer studies
Queer studies
Queer studies is the critical theory based study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and cultures. Universities have also labeled this area of analysis Sexual Diversity Studies, Sexualities...

.

Novels

Name Published ISBN Notes
The Jewels of Aptor
The Jewels of Aptor
The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published novel. Prior to this, he had sold a pair of articles to Seventeen Magazine, only one of which was printed...

1962 published as Ace-Double F-173 together with Second Ending by James White
James White (author)
James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending his early years in Canada. After a few years in the clothing industry, he worked at Short Brothers Ltd. from 1965 until taking early retirement in...

Captives of the Flame
Captives of the Flame
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 novel was originally published as Ace Double F-199 together with The Psionic Menace by Keith Woodcott...

1963 published as Ace-Double F-199 together with The Psionic Menace by John Brunner
John Brunner
John Brunner may refer to:* Sir John Brunner, 1st Baronet , a.k.a. John Tomlinson Brunner, British industrialist and Liberal Member of Parliament* John L...

, republished as the more definitive Out of the Dead City
included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fiction books by Samuel R. Delany.First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame , The Towers of Toron , and City of a Thousand Suns...

The Towers of Toron
The Towers of Toron
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.. The novel was originally published as Ace Double F-261, together with The Lunar Eye by Robert Moore Williams...

1964 published as Ace-Double F-261 together with The Lunar Eye by Robert Moore Williams
Robert Moore Williams
Robert Moore Williams , born in Farmington, Missouri, was an American writer, primarily of science fiction. Pseudonyms included John S Browning, H. H. Hermon, Russell Storm and E. K. Jarvis ....

, included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fiction books by Samuel R. Delany.First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame , The Towers of Toron , and City of a Thousand Suns...

City of a Thousand Suns
City of a Thousand Suns
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....

1965 published by Ace Books
Ace Books
Ace Books is the oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books. The company was founded in New York City in 1952 by Aaron A. Wyn, and began as a genre publisher of mysteries and westerns...

 as F-322, included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fiction books by Samuel R. Delany.First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame , The Towers of Toron , and City of a Thousand Suns...

The Ballad of Beta-2
The Ballad of Beta-2
The Ballad of Beta-2 is a 1965 science fiction novel by Samuel R. DelanyThe book was originally published as Ace Double M-121, together with Alpha Yes, Terra No! by Emil Petaja...

1965 published as Ace-Double M-121 together with Alpha Yes, Terra No! by Emil Petaja
Emil Petaja
Emil Petaja was an American science fiction and fantasy writer whose career spanned seven decades. He was the author of 13 published novels, nearly 150 short stories, numerous poems, and a handful of books and articles on various subjects...

Empire Star
Empire Star
Empire Star is a 1966 science fiction novella by Samuel R. Delany. It is often published together with another book, most frequently with The Ballad of Beta-2. Delany hoped to have it first published as part of an Ace Double with Babel-17, but instead it was published with Tree Lord of Imeten by...

1966 published as Ace-Double M-139 together with The Tree Lord of Imeten by Tom Purdom
Tom Purdom
Thomas Edward Purdom is a US writer best known for science fiction and nonfiction. His story Fossil Game was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2000. He has also done music criticism since 1988. His works have been translated into German, Chinese, Burmese, Russian, and Czech...

Babel-17
Babel-17
Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis plays an important part...

1966 published by Ace Books
Ace Books
Ace Books is the oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books. The company was founded in New York City in 1952 by Aaron A. Wyn, and began as a genre publisher of mysteries and westerns...

 as F-388, Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 winner, 1966;
Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 nominee, 1967
The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.The novel is purportedly influenced by...

1967 published by Ace Books
Ace Books
Ace Books is the oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books. The company was founded in New York City in 1952 by Aaron A. Wyn, and began as a genre publisher of mysteries and westerns...

 as F-427, Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 winner, 1967
Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 nominee, 1968
Nova
Nova (novel)
Nova is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. Nominally space opera, it explores the politics and culture of a future where cyborg technology is universal, yet major decisions can involve using tarot cards. It has strong mythological overtones, relating to both the Grail Quest and Jason's...

1968 ISBN 0-553-10031-9 Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 nominee, 1969
The Tides of Lust
Equinox (novel)
Equinox is a 1973 novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published foray into explicitly sexual material. It tells of a series of erotic and violent encounters in a small American seaport following the arrival of an African-American sea captain...

1973 published by Lancer Books
Lancer Books
Lancer Books was a series of paperback books published from 1961 through 1973 by Irwin Stein and Walter Zacharius. While it published stories of a number of genres, it was noted most for its science fiction and fantasy, particularly its series of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian tales, the...

 as #71344, later reprinted under Delany's preferred title Equinox (1994), ISBN 1-56333-157-8.
Dhalgren
Dhalgren
Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. The story begins with a cryptic passage:to wound the autumnal city.So howled out for the world to give him a name.The in-dark answered with wind....

1975 ISBN 0-553-14861-3 Nebula Award nominee, 1975;
Locus Award nominee, 1976
Triton
Triton (novel)
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was nominated for the 1976 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for a retrospective James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1995...

1976 ISBN 0-553-12680-6 also published as Trouble on Triton;
Nebula Award nominee, 1976
Empire 1978 ISBN 0-425-03900-5 with Howard Chaykin
Howard Chaykin
Howard Victor Chaykin is an American comic book writer and artist famous for his innovative storytelling and sometimes controversial material...

 a "visual novel"
published by Byron Preiss / Berkley Windhover
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was part of a planned diptych whose second half, The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities, remains unfinished; in September 1996 the Review of Contemporary Fiction printed an excerpt.-Plot summary:The...

1984 ISBN 0-553-05053-2 Locus Award nominee, 1985;
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1987
They Fly at Çiron
They Fly at Çiron
They Fly at Çiron is a 1993 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, wholly rewritten and expanded from a novelette written in the 1960s....

1993 ISBN 0-9633637-1-9
The Mad Man
The Mad Man
The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak. In a disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the book, Delany describes it as a "pornotopic fantasy". It was originally published in 1994, republished and slightly revised in 1996,...

1994 ISBN 1-56333-193-4
Hogg
Hogg (novel)
Hogg is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, often described as pornographic. It was written in San Francisco in 1969 and completed just days before the Stonewall Riots in New York City. A further draft was completed in 1973 in London...

1995 ISBN 0-932511-91-0
Phallos (novella)
Phallos (novella)
Phallos is a short novel — or novella — by Samuel R. Delany, published by Bamberger Books.Phallos takes the form of a modern online essay recounting the history and giving a synopsis of a nonexistent novel also called Phallos, set in the Mediterranean during the reign of the Emperor...

2004 ISBN 0-917453-41-7
Dark Reflections
Dark Reflections
Dark Reflections is a novel by Samuel R. Delany, published in 2007 by Carroll & Graf, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. In 2008 it received a Stonewall Book Award and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction.-Plot:...

2007 ISBN 0-786719-47-8 Stonewall Book Award winner, 2008;
Lambda Award nominee, 2007;
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is a forthcoming novel by Samuel R. Delany, wholly rewritten and expanded from "In the Valley of the Nest of Spiders", a short story that appeared in issue 7 of Black Clock magazine.-Plot summary:...

2011 ISBN 1-59350-203-4 (Forthcoming)

Return to Nevèrÿon series


Name Published ISBN Notes
Tales of Nevèrÿon
Tales of Nevèrÿon
Tales of Nevèrÿon collects a preface and five sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany; and finally an appendix. The stories are "The Tale of Gorgik," "The Tale of Old Venn," "The Tale of Small Sarg," "The Tale of Potters and Dragons," and "The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers." It is the first...

1979 ISBN 0-553-12333-5 Locus Award nominee, 1980;
Neveryóna
Neveryóna
Neveryóna, or: The Tale of Signs and Cities is a sword and sorcery novel by Samuel R. Delany. It is the second of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series. This article discusses the novel itself...

1983 ISBN 0-553-01434-X novel
Flight from Nevèrÿon
Flight from Nevèrÿon
Flight from Nevèrÿon is a collection of sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany. It is the third of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series. This article discusses the three stories collected in the book...

1985 ISBN 0-553-24856-1 novellas
The Bridge of Lost Desire
Return to Nevèrÿon
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." It is the last of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series...

1987 ISBN 0-87795-931-5 novellas
revised as Return to Nevèrÿon
Return to Nevèrÿon
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." It is the last of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series...

 (1994), ISBN 0-8195-6278-5

List of Short Stories

Story First Publication Date Awards Driftglass
Driftglass
Driftglass is a 1971 collection of science fiction short stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Worlds of Tomorrow, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, If and New Worlds or the anthologies Quark/3, Dangerous Visions and Alchemy & Academe.-Contents:*...

 (1971)
Distant Stars
Distant Stars
Distant Stars is a 1981 collection of short stories by Samuel R. Delany. Many of the stories originally appeared in the magazines The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Algol and New Worlds, while the novella Empire Star was originally published as an Ace Double with Tree Lord of Imeten by Tom...

 (1981), illustrated, ISBN 0-553-01336-X
The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction
The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction
The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction is a 1986 collection of short stories and novellas by Samuel R. Delany. The collection includes those works by Delany that have won the Nebula Award.-Contents:* "Babel-17"* "A Fabulous, Formless Darkness"...

 (1983), ISBN 0-553-25610-6
Driftglass/Starshards
Driftglass/Starshards
Driftglass/Starshards is a 1993 collection of short stories by Samuel R. Delany. The collection contains the entire contents of Delany's 1971 collection, Driftglass, stories from Distant Stars and others that had not previously been collected...

 (1993), ISBN 0-586-21422-4
Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales is a 1995 collection of three stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories are "Atlantis: Model 1924", "Eric, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence's Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling", and "Citre et Trans"...

 (1995), ISBN 0-8195-5283-6
Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories
Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories
Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, by Samuel R. Delany is a thematically arranged collection, in the style of James Joyce’s Dubliners , Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio , and Willa Cather’s Youth and the Bright Medusa . Also, for all practical purposes, it is Delany’s collected science...

 (2003), ISBN 0-375-70671-2
"The Star Pit" in Worlds of Tomorrow
Worlds of Tomorrow
Worlds of Tomorrow is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by August Derleth. It was first published by Pellegrini & Cudahy in 1953...

Hugo
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 (nom)
"Dog in a Fisherman’s Net" in Quark/3
Quark/3
Quark/3 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the third volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.-Contents:* Continuous Landscape, by Donald Simpson...

, Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

, Samuel R. Delany (ed.)
"Corona" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
"Aye, and Gomorrah...
Aye, and Gomorrah
"Aye, and Gomorrah..." is a famous science fiction short story by Samuel R. Delany. It is Delany's first sold short story, and won the 1967 Nebula Award for best short story. Before it appeared in Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, it was first published as the closing tale in...

"
in Dangerous Visions
Dangerous Visions
Dangerous Visions is a science fiction short story anthology edited by Harlan Ellison, published in 1967.A path-breaking collection, Dangerous Visions helped define the New Wave science fiction movement, particularly in its depiction of sex in science fiction...

, Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
Harlan Jay Ellison is an American writer. His principal genre is speculative fiction.His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media...

 (ed.)
Hugo
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 (nom), Nebula
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 (win)
"Driftglass" in If
If (magazine)
If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. Quinn hired Paul W. Fairman to be the first editor, but early circulation figures were disappointing, and Quinn fired Fairman after only three issues. Quinn then took over the...

Nebula
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 (nom)
"We, in Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line" as "Lines of Power", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Hugo
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 (nom), Nebula
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 (nom)
"Cage of Brass" in If
If (magazine)
If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. Quinn hired Paul W. Fairman to be the first editor, but early circulation figures were disappointing, and Quinn fired Fairman after only three issues. Quinn then took over the...

"High Weir" in If
If (magazine)
If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. Quinn hired Paul W. Fairman to be the first editor, but early circulation figures were disappointing, and Quinn fired Fairman after only three issues. Quinn then took over the...

"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" is a science fiction short story by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story 1970, and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 1969.-Plot summary:...

"
in New Worlds
New Worlds (magazine)
New Worlds was a British science fiction magazine which was first published professionally in 1946. For 25 years it was widely considered the leading science fiction magazine in Britain, publishing 201 issues up to 1971...

 Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock
Michael John Moorcock is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published a number of literary novels....

 and James Sallis
James Sallis
James Sallis is an American crime writer, poet and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, and for his 2005 novel Drive, which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.He is the brother of philosopher John Sallis...

 (eds.)
Hugo
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 (win), Nebula
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

 (win)
"Night and the Loves of Joe Dicostanzo" in Alchemy and Academe, Anne McCaffery (ed.)
"Prismatica" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Hugo (nom)
"Empire Star
Empire Star
Empire Star is a 1966 science fiction novella by Samuel R. Delany. It is often published together with another book, most frequently with The Ballad of Beta-2. Delany hoped to have it first published as part of an Ace Double with Babel-17, but instead it was published with Tree Lord of Imeten by...

"
as an Ace Double
"Omegahelm" in Distant Stars
"Ruins" in Distant Stars
"Among the Blobs" in Mississippi Review 47/48
"Citre et Trans" in Driftglass/Starshards
"Erik, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence’s Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling" in Driftglass/Starshards
"Atlantis: Model 1924" in Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales
Atlantis: Three Tales is a 1995 collection of three stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories are "Atlantis: Model 1924", "Eric, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence's Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling", and "Citre et Trans"...

"Tapestry" in Aye and Gomorrah
"The Desert of Time" in Omni
Omni (magazine)
OMNI was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction...

"In The Valley of the Nest of Spiders" in Black Clock
Black Clock
Black Clock is an American literary magazine. Edited by Steve Erickson and published bi-annually by CalArts in association with the MFA Writing Program, the magazine is "dedicated to fiction, poetry and creative essays that explore the frontier territory of constructive anarchy." According to the...


Anthologies

  • (edited with Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

    ) Quark/1
    Quark/1
    Quark/1 is a 1970 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the first anthology in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.-Contents:...

     (1970, science fiction)
  • (edited with Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

    ) Quark/2
    Quark/2
    Quark/2 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the second volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.-Contents:...

     (1971, science fiction)
  • (edited with Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

    ) Quark/3
    Quark/3
    Quark/3 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the third volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.-Contents:* Continuous Landscape, by Donald Simpson...

     (1971, science fiction)
  • (edited with Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York....

    ) Quark/4
    Quark/4
    Quark/4 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the fourth and final volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology with the exception of "Voortrekker" which had previously appeared in the magazine...

     (1971, science fiction)
  • Nebula Winners 13 (1980, science fiction)

Critical works

  • The Jewel-hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (Dragon Press, 1977; revised 2009)
  • The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction (Dragon Press, 1978)
  • Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (Dragon Press, 1984)
  • Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions (Ansatz Press, 1988) ISBN 0-945195-01-X
  • The Straits of Messina (1989), ISBN 0-934933-04-9
  • Silent Interviews
    Silent Interviews
    Silent Interviews is a 1995 collection of written interviews with author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany.The book was a finalist for the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book....

     (1995), ISBN 0-8195-6280-7
  • Longer Views
    Longer Views
    Longer Views is a 1996 collection of extended essays by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany....

     (1996) with an introduction by Kenneth R. James, ISBN 0-8195-6293-9
  • Shorter Views
    Shorter Views
    Shorter Views is a 2000 collection of essays on race, sexuality, science fiction, and the art of writing by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany....

     (1999), ISBN 0-8195-6369-2
  • About Writing (2005), ISBN 0-8195-6716-7
  • Conversations with Samuel R. Delany (2009), edited by Carl Freedman, University of Mississippi Press.
  • "Racism and Science Fiction" (1998), New York Review of Science Fiction, Issue 120.

Memoirs and letters

  • Heavenly Breakfast
    Heavenly Breakfast
    Heavenly Breakfast is a 1979 autobigraphical novel by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. It details a few years of his life he spent living in a commune in New York City during the winter of 1968...

     (1979) a memoir of a New York City commune during the so-called Summer of Love
    Summer of Love
    The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, creating a cultural and political rebellion...

    , ISBN 0-553-12796-9
  • The Motion of Light in Water
    The Motion of Light in Water
    The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village is an autobiography by science fiction author Samuel R. Delany in which he recounts his experiences as growing up a gay African American, as well as some of his time in an interracial and open marriage. It describes...

     (1988) a memoir of his experiences as a young gay science fiction writer; winner of the Hugo Award
    Hugo Award
    The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

    , ISBN 0-87795-947-1
  • Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
    Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
    Times Square Red, Times Square Blue is a non-fiction book written by famed science fiction author Samuel R. Delany and published in 1999 by the New York University Press...

     (1999) a discussion of changes in social and sexual interaction in New York's Times Square
    Times Square
    Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets...

    , ISBN 0-8147-1919-8
  • Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York (1999) an autobiographical comic
    Autobiographical comics
    Autobiographical comics are autobiography in the form of comic books or comic strips. The form first became popular in the underground comics movement and has since become more widespread...

     drawn by Mia Wolff with an introduction by Alan Moore
    Alan Moore
    Alan Oswald Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books, a medium where he has produced a number of critically acclaimed and popular series, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell...

    , ISBN 1-890451-02-9
  • 1984: Selected Letters (2000) with an introduction by Kenneth R. James, ISBN 0-9665998-1-0

Introductions


  • The Adventures of Alyx
    The Adventures of Alyx
    The Adventures of Alyx is a 1976 collection of feminist science fiction stories by Joanna Russ.It is composed of five stories:# "Bluestocking" begins in the fantasy city of Ourdh...

    , by Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ was an American writer, academic and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children's book, Kittatinny...

  • "We Who Are About To…", by Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ was an American writer, academic and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children's book, Kittatinny...

  • Black Gay Man by Robert Reid-Pharr
    Robert Reid-Pharr
    Robert Reid-Pharr is a critical essayist and Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center . He has frequently collaborated with noted science fiction author Samuel R. Delany at panels and through writing...

  • Burning Sky, Selected Stories, by Rachel Pollack
    Rachel Pollack
    Rachel Pollack is an American science fiction author, comic book writer, and expert on divinatory tarot...

  • Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality, Volume 1 by Herukhuti
  • The Cosmic Rape
    The Cosmic Rape
    The Cosmic Rape is a science fiction novel by Theodore Sturgeon, originally published as an original paperback in August 1958. At the same time, a condensed or edited-down version of the novel was published in Galaxy magazine as a short novel, probably condensed by the editor, under the title To...

    , by Theodore Sturgeon
    Theodore Sturgeon
    Theodore Sturgeon was an American science fiction author.His most famous novel is More Than Human .-Biography:...

  • Microcosmic God, by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Glory Road
    Glory Road
    Glory Road is a fantasy novel by Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and published in hardcover later the same year...

    , by Robert A. Heinlein
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre. He set a standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of...

  • Masters of the Pit, by Michael Moorcock
    Michael Moorcock
    Michael John Moorcock is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published a number of literary novels....

  • Nebula Winners 13, edited by Samuel R. Delany
  • The Sandman: A Game of You
    The Sandman: A Game of You
    A Game of You is the fifth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman. Written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt, Stan Woch and Dick Giordano, and lettered by Todd Klein....

    , by Neil Gaiman
    Neil Gaiman
    Neil Richard Gaiman born 10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book...

  • Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent, edited by Charles Rowell and Bruce Morrow
  • Three Short Novels, by Geoff Ryman
    Geoff Ryman
    Geoffrey Charles Ryman is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and surrealistic or "slipstream" fiction.Ryman currently lectures in Creative Writing for University of Manchester's English Department. His most recent full-length novel, The King's Last Song, is set in Cambodia, both at the time of...


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Delany wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston. She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 . The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986....

 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.

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