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Best Samuel Delany Books to Read

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1. Dhalgren (2001)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadIn , perhaps one of the most profound and bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany has produced a novel "to stand with the best American fiction of the 1970s" (Jonathan Lethem).Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there…. The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man–poet, lover, and adventurer–known only as the Kid. Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, is a literary marvel…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

2. The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village (2004)

Best Samuel Delany Books to Read“A very moving, intensely fascinating literary biography from an extraordinary writer. Thoroughly admirable candor and luminous stylistic precision; the artist as a young man and a memorable picture of an age.” -William Gibson”Absolutely central to any consideration of black manhood. . . . Delany’s vision of the necessity for total social and political transformation is revolutionary.” -Hazel Carby”The prose of The Motion of Light in Water often has the shimmering beauty of the title itself. . . . This book is invaluable gay history.” -Inches MagazineBorn in New York…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

3. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadIf one street in America can claim to be the most infamous, it is surely 42nd Street. Between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 42nd Street was once known for its peep shows, street corner hustlers and movie houses. Over the last two decades the notion of safety-from safe sex and safe neighborhoods, to safe cities and safe relationships-has overcome 42nd Street, giving rise to a Disney store, a children’s theater, and large, neon-lit cafes. 42nd Street has, in effect, become a family tourist attraction for visitors from Berlin, Tokyo, Westchester, and New Jersey’s suburbs.Samuel R. Delany sees a disappearance not only of the old…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

4. Babel-17 / Empire Star (2002)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadAuthor of the bestselling and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction. , winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy’s deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack. For the first time, is published as the author intended with the short novel , the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he’s entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world….
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

5. About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews (2006)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadAward-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri’s Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

6. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (2004)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadStars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far-flung worlds. First published in 1984, the novel’s central issues―technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism―have only become more pressing with the passage of time.The novel’s topic is information itself: What are the repercussions, once it has been made public, that two individuals have been found to be each other’s perfect erotic object out to “point nine-nine-nine and several nines percent more”? What will it do…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany, Carl Freedman

7. Hogg: A Novel (2004)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadAcclaimed winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to gay and lesbian literature, Samuel R. Delany wrote Hogg three decades ago. Since then it has been one of America’s most famous ‘unpublishable’ novels. The subject matter of Hogg is our culture of sexual violence and degeneration. Delany explores his disturbing protagonist Hogg on his own turf–rape, pederasty, sexual excess–exposing an area of violence and sexual abuse from the inside. As such, it is a brave book….
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

8. Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories (2003)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadA father must come to terms with his son’s death in the war. In Venice an architecture student commits a crime of passion. A white southern airport loader tries to do a favor for a black northern child. The ordinary stuff of ordinary fiction–but with a difference! These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given gills to labor under the sea. Huge repair stations patrol the cables carrying power to the ends of the earth. Telepathic and precocious children so passionately yearn to visit distant galaxies that they’ll kill to go. Brilliantly crafted, beautifully…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

9. Nova (2002)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadGiven that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn’t know, though, is that Lorq’s…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

10. The Einstein Intersection (1998)

Best Samuel Delany Books to ReadThe Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of 1967. The surface story tells of the problems a member of an alien race, Lo Lobey, has assimilating the mythology of earth, where his kind have settled among the leftover artifacts of humanity. The deeper tale concerns, however, the way those who are “different” must deal with the dominant cultural ideology. The tale follows Lobey’s mythic quest for his lost love, Friza. In luminous and hallucinated language, it explores what new myths might emerge from the detritus of…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany, Neil Gaiman

11. Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders: An Improbable Community (Volume II) (2019)

Best Samuel Delany Books to Read“Samuel R. Delany is not only one of the most profound and courageous writers at work today; he is a writer of seemingly limitless range.”––Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE HOURS”A deeply affecting chronicle of a lifelong partnership, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is by turns generous, unsparing and bursting with life (and sex) in all its difficult, rousing, prismatic splendor. A truly staggering achievement, this moving novel underscores why Delany remains essential reading and why American letters would be the poorer without him.”—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

12. Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders: An Improbable Community (Volume I) (2019)

Best Samuel Delany Books to Read“Samuel R. Delany is not only one of the most profound and courageous writers at work today; he is a writer of seemingly limitless range.”––Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE HOURS”A deeply affecting chronicle of a lifelong partnership, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is by turns generous, unsparing and bursting with life (and sex) in all its difficult, rousing, prismatic splendor. A truly staggering achievement, this moving novel underscores why Delany remains essential reading and why American letters would be…
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany

Best Samuel Delany Books to Read

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The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch"Angouleme"

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany, Matthew Cheney
Publisher: Wesleyan, Year: 2014, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1399311

Babel-17

Author(s): Samuel R Delany
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Year: 2014, Size: 722 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1602705

The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village

Author(s): Delany, Samuel R
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2080486

Nova

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2014, Size: 878 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2340180

About Writing. Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press;Wesleyan, Year: 2013, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1346033

Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany, Matthew Cheney
Publisher: Wesleyan, Year: 2012, Size: 909 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1398943

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany, Matthew Cheney
Publisher: Wesleyan, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1398935

Times Square Red, Times Square Blue

Author(s): Samuel Delany, Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: , Year: 2001, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 475668

Dhalgren

Author(s): Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: , Year: 2001, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 512139

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