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Samuel R. Delany

Author of Dhalgren

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About the Author

Samuel R. Delany Jr. was born in Harlem, New York on April 1, 1942. He is a science fiction and short story writer. His first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was published in 1962. He has written more than 20 novels and collections of short stories, memoirs, and critical essays. He has received show more numerous awards including the Nebula Award for best novel for Babel-17 in 1966 and The Einstein Intersection in 1967, the Nebula Award for best short story for Aye, and Gomorrah and Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones, the Hugo Award for best short story for Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones in 1970 and for his non-fiction book, The Motion of Light in Water, and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Literature in 1993. He is as a professor in the department of English at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. (Bowker Author Biography) Samuel R. Delany is a professor of English & Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Samuel R. Delany

Dhalgren (1975) 3,727 copies
Babel-17 (1966) 2,640 copies
Nova (1968) 2,219 copies
The Einstein Intersection (1967) 1,577 copies
Triton (1976) 1,331 copies
Tales of Nevèrÿon (1979) 1,084 copies
The Fall of the Towers (1970) 823 copies
The Jewels of Aptor (1962) 684 copies
Babel-17 / Empire Star (1966) 663 copies
Neveryóna (1983) 637 copies
Driftglass (1967) 537 copies
Flight from Nevèrÿon (1985) 454 copies
The Bridge of Lost Desire (1987) 404 copies
The Ballad of Beta-2 (1965) 362 copies
They Fly at Çiron (1993) 341 copies
Hogg (1995) 276 copies
Empire Star (1965) 252 copies
Atlantis: Three Tales (1995) 225 copies
City of a Thousand Suns (1965) 217 copies
The Mad Man (1994) 214 copies
Distant Stars (1981) 210 copies
Out of the Dead City (1963) 190 copies
Dark Reflections (2007) 181 copies
The Towers of Toron (1964) 170 copies
Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo/The Star Pit (1966) — Contributor — 160 copies
Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York (1999) — Author — 149 copies
Heavenly Breakfast (1979) 143 copies
Longer Views (1996) 121 copies
Equinox (1973) 120 copies
Phallos (2004) 105 copies
Nebula Winners Thirteen (1980) — Editor — 104 copies
Shorter Views (1999) 94 copies
Empire Star / The Tree Lord of Imeten (1966) — Author — 94 copies
A,B,C: Three Short Novels (2015) 67 copies
Empire : A Visual Novel (1978) 65 copies
Radical Utopias (1990) 60 copies
Quark/1 (1970) — Editor — 60 copies
1984 (2000) 55 copies
Quark/2 (1971) — Editor — 53 copies
Quark/3 (1971) — Editor — 52 copies
Driftglass/Starshards (1422) 44 copies
Quark/4 (1971) — Editor — 36 copies
The Star Pit (1966) 31 copies
The Straits of Messina (1989) 28 copies
Dhalgren III (1988) 12 copies
Lines of Power [novella] (1968) 11 copies
Driftglass [short fiction] (1967) 10 copies
Voyage, Orestes! (2019) 10 copies
Letters from Amherst (2019) 10 copies
High Weir (1968) 7 copies
Dhalgren II (1988) 7 copies
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #202 (1972) 6 copies
Corona (1967) 5 copies
The Tale Of Gorgik (1979) 5 copies
Prismatica 5 copies
Big Joe (2021) 4 copies
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #203 (1972) 3 copies
Fifties Fictions (2003) 3 copies
Ruins 2 copies
La chute des tours (1971) 1 copy
Quark 3 1 copy
Quark 1 1 copy
Empire 1 copy
Les Joyaux d'Aptor (1962) 1 copy
Vavilon 17 1 copy
Chants de l'espace (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Sandman: A Game of You (1993) — Introduction — 6,033 copies
Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories — Contributor — 1,919 copies
Unnatural Creatures (2013) — Contributor — 1,233 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 891 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two (1972) — Contributor — 698 copies
We Who Are About To . . . (1975) — Introduction, some editions — 579 copies
Alchemy and Academe (1970) — Contributor — 578 copies
Partners in Wonder (1971) — Contributor — 466 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 416 copies
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Contributor — 396 copies
The Stonewall Reader (2019) — Contributor — 343 copies
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contributor — 281 copies
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 279 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction (1979) — Foreword — 253 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 244 copies
Star Well (1968) — Introduction, some editions — 243 copies
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contributor — 204 copies
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 202 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 201 copies
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2005) — Contributor — 200 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Two, Book 2 (1968-1970) (1971) — Contributor — 200 copies
Dangerous Visions 3 (1967) — Contributor — 185 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Contributor — 179 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 174 copies
Nebula Award Stories Number Three (1968) — Contributor — 173 copies
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Contributor — 154 copies
Nebula Award Stories Five (1970) — Contributor — 146 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1968 (1968) — Contributor — 143 copies
In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology (1986) — Contributor — 142 copies
SF12 (1968) — Contributor — 137 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Best of the Nebulas (1989) — Contributor — 131 copies
Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (1960) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
Swords of the Rainbow: Gay & Lesbian Fantasy Adventures (1996) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Best American Erotica 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 98 copies
Best SF: 1968 (1969) — Author — 92 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 91 copies
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 86 copies
Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent (1996) — Introduction; Contributor — 85 copies
Mermaids! (1986) — Contributor — 80 copies
The New Tomorrows (1971) — Contributor — 77 copies
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (2015) — Contributor — 74 copies
Alpha 5 (1974) — Contributor — 73 copies
Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual Writing (Richard Kasak Books) (1996) — Contributor — 68 copies
Clarion (1971) — Contributor — 62 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 17th Series (1968) — Contributor — 50 copies
Meltdown! (Richard Kasak Books) (1994) — Contributor — 48 copies
Best African American Fiction (2009) (2009) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 23rd Series (1980) — Contributor — 46 copies
Ace Science Fiction Reader (1971) — Contributor — 44 copies
A Day in the Life (1972) — Contributor — 42 copies
In Dreams Awake (1975) — Contributor — 42 copies
Out of the Ruins: The Apocalyptic Anthology (2021) — Contributor — 41 copies
Even Our Fantasies: A Compendium of Gay Erotica (1814) — Contributor — 39 copies
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 7 (1963) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contributor — 35 copies
The WisCon Chronicles (2007) — Contributor — 31 copies
Ritual Sex (1996) — Contributor — 31 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Two (1962-1970) (1971) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Shores Beneath (1971) — Contributor — 27 copies
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 26 copies
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Contributor — 25 copies
OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture (2022) — Contributor — 19 copies
Fiction International 22: Pornography & Censorship (1992) — Contributor — 16 copies
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison (2019) — Contributor — 12 copies
Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles (2010) — Contributor — 10 copies
Everyone: Worlds Without Walls (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies
Trilogy of the Future (1972) — Contributor — 2 copies
En anden ensomhed (1978) — Author, some editions — 2 copies
Black Clock 1 (2004) — Contributor — 2 copies
S-Fマガジン 2000年 02月号 [雑誌] — Contributor — 1 copy
S-Fマガジン 1969年09月号 (通巻124号) (1969) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Babel-17? in Centipede Press (July 2023)
"Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand" Group Discussion in Group Reads - Sci-Fi (September 2009)

Reviews

(Caveat: I couldn't finish this book. I made it to page 87 of an Ace edition in what appears to be a 70s reprint).

I picked this up from a second-hand shop thinking I've never read a Delany novel I didn't like. Well now I've found one. The first twenty pages or so are quite promising and built up some expectations, but it has taken me over two weeks to plod through nearly 90 pages. I know it's his first novel and I was willing to cut him some slack. But, honestly, it's just awful.

The book seems more in the vein of the "sword and sorcery" genre than what one usually expects from Delany. It's not a surprise that he didn't stick with this style for very long because in my opinion (again, based solely on 87 pages of this first novel) he was not very good at it. However, I am not familiar with any other work spanning 1962-65: the earliest I've gone is Babel-17, which is fantastic. What a difference three years made. It has some of the same flavor of a grand adventure story but with a lot more going on to keep you interested. This novel has made me think that perhaps certain kinds of "adventure stories" are better when you are younger. But I'm not so sure. I had similar - but much less pronounced - reactions to reading Fritz Lieber's "Fafnir and the Grey Mouser" books at age 39, but I made it through three of those and enjoyed myself for a least a good portion of that time. "Aptor" has made me think about the kind of function that pulp sci-fi and fantasy books performed for readers in the 60s and 70s, and how that same function is now being filled by other kinds of storytelling like role-playing games. Much of the "adventure and hi-jinx" in The Jewels of Aptor, with its horrible dialogue and impoverished descriptions, is on a level with the worst of any random Forgotten Realms contract writer, and I feel like I'm reading some random Dungeon Master's narrative hand-scribbled on notebook paper and not an actual novel by someone I consider a luminary of science fiction. My eyes start to gloss over, I realize I haven't really been conscious for most of the last page or two that I've read, and I begin to wonder why I am reading an awful novel when there are so many good ones out there I have yet to discover. Including a solid handful of titles by Delany that I'm still looking forward to reading. Perhaps I'll pick one of those next to wash the taste of this from my palette.

I am putting this down right around the part where he seems to have decided to rewrite the script from The Blob. Perhaps I will pick it up at some future date, but I'll have to get a copy from the library because I am putting this in my "to donate to charity" pile. Maybe when someone makes Jewels of Aptor into a tabletop campaign setting or a CRPG, I'll play it, but as a novel this just seems to tank on so many levels.
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Rating
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ISBNs
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