My interest in Driftglass stemmed from reading a James Blish short story called Surface Tension. In that story, humans have to adapt to a ocean. “Driftglass” is a lovely story about a type of military unit which uses technology to allow humans to live underwater. The main character, Tio Cal. Driftglass [Samuel R. Delany] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Science fiction by a master of the genre.

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SinceDelany has been a professor at several universities. From Ganymede to Gomorrah, a bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies Well, these are great.

What is obvious gains a new significance in a science fictional treatment, and the emphasis on ‘ordinary’ men and women only seeks to heighten such an understanding. And in fact even the engineering aspects deiftglass up well. They had a daughter, Iva Hacker-Delany b.

This includes eleven 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. They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, wearing the edges, changing their shape. The film debuted on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Not very enjoyable and difficult to read. The ultimate loners, often subjected to further trauma by the government to make sure they are space-ready. Mar 28, AT rated it really liked it. Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in In his first known use of the term, in his essay “On Writing of Speculative Fiction,” Heinlein used it specifically as a synonym for “science fiction”; in a later piece, he explicitly stated that his use of the term did not include fantasy.

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His concepts are original and his writing style is artful, engaging and thought provoking. Overall, the stories were enjoyable, with only one or two that left me scratching my head or flipping ahead. The flip side is that golden are all more-or-less psychotic, uninterested in the feelings of others.


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The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the life selany one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and quietly tragic. One of the best short stories I have ever read in any genre.

However, during the fishing expedition, there is a hint of an exuberant, joyous thrill depany the hunt, wherein the human does so while being an ‘equal’ to that of fish. Which I then re-read. Too many of the short stories started in delay middle, never really had a firm ending and were stuffed full of extraneous cheddar cheese. Posted by Tito at 8: I had expected to still like the stories but delahy find that perhaps they had dated a little not a big problem for me and that at best I would only like them as much as I had liked them the first time round.

They are given gills so they can live underwater, and then they engage in various undersea projects like laying electric cable. Golden the term is used for singular and plural are people who have been so psychologically damaged from abuse or neglect, combined with a natural chemical imbalance, that they feel out of place on their own planet. In the near future of this driftylass, men and women are transformed by their government into modified amphibious human beings with gills, who traverse undersea depths at ease trying to install oil plants and such like structures deep down in the ocean.


In one of his non-fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Bluehe draws on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working-class men, gay and straight, in New York City. The only people that can travel to the outer reaches of space are the enigmatically-named golden “sans noun”.

C rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Mar 21, Steve rated it liked it. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1,and raised in Harlem. At first, I assumed that Delaney is a lot smarter than me, and I just wasn’t used to reading this deeply. Here are the titles of the stories in this collection: And it’s even better, developing a rather more complicated system of ideas about freedom and superceding constraints of place and world-view.


This isn’t me casting aspersions; I think Delaney writes like this on purpose, and probably could make things more clear if he really wanted to. On the contrary, it reinforces the joy of the hunt, emphasizing what is very much a human endeavour. He meets a young girl who’s in the drifftglass corps; he also meets another corps member who dekany being sent to perform the same deadly job where he sustained his injuries. This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development.

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To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. Star Pit and Driftglass were great! That came in handy because acclimating to every story is a two or three page process for me, so I always ended up having to double back to make sure I knew everything that was happening before I continued on.

Together they discover that the music of pop sensation Bryan Faust can give them enough joy to help them endure the other pain in their lives. Dense, difficult, tightly wound and bursting with ideas, this collection of some of Samuel Delaney’s short fiction was rough going at times, but mostly rewarded the effort.

For someone who might be looking to check out Delaney’s Sci-Fi work but might not want to slosh through something big like Dhalgren or harder driftgass understand like Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Driftglass is a great place to start.

Sometimes, I just wish he wanted to. This is emphasized by the ugly covering of black silica on the skin of the aquamen who are brought in after the accident out at sea, by the end of the novel, mirroring the protagonist’s fate.