Samuel R. Delany

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Samuel R. Delany

Samuel Ray "Chip" Delany, Jr. (born April 1, 1942) is a popular science fiction author. He has written many works of critical acclaim, including Dhalgren and Hogg. He is a professor at Temple University, and is also known throughout the academic world to be a literary critic.


1 Selected bibliography
2 Other facts
3 See also
4 External links
5 References


Delany was born and raised in Harlem and attended the Bronx High School of Science. Delany and the poet Marilyn Hacker, who met in high school, were married for several years and have a daughter.

Delany spent 11 years teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half at the University at Buffalo, and moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001.

Delany vaulted onto the literary stage when he was included in Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions. Harlan gave a short introduction that pointed out how Delany was one of the last straight science fiction authors. Delany has since realeased several autobiographical/semi-autobiographical accounts of gay sex, including his Hugo award winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water. Most of his published work includes references to extreme aspects of human sexuality. Some of his literature, like Hogg and The Mad Man could be considered outright pornographic. He has also published several books of literary criticism, with an emphasis on issues in science fiction and other paraliterary genres, comparative literature, and queer theory.

Selected bibliography


Memoirs and letters:

  • Heavenly Breakfast
  • The Motion of Light in Water (1988, a memoir of his experiences as a young gay science fiction writer; winner of the Hugo Award)
  • Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
  • Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York (1999, an autobiographical comic drawn by Mia Wolff with an introduction by Alan Moore)
  • "1984" (2000)

Short story collections:

(Driftglass and Distant Stars include the Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones." Aye, and Gomorrah is a compilation of all of Delany's short fiction, excepting the Neveryon tales)

The Return to Neveryon series:

    • Tales of Neveryon (short stories) (1979)
    • Neveryona (novel) (1983)
    • Flight from Neveryon (novellas) (1985)
    • The Bridge of Lost Desire (novellas) (1987)

Critical works:

  • The Jewel-hinged Jaw (1977)
  • The American Shore (1978)
  • Starboard Wine (1984)
  • The Straits of Messina (1989)
  • Silent Interviews (1995)
  • Longer Views (1996)
  • Shorter Views (1999)

Other facts

  • Delany's name is one of the most misspelt in science fiction, with over 60 different spellings in reviews. His publisher Doubleday even misspelt his name on the title page of his book Driftglass as did the organizers of the 16th Balticon where Delany was guest of honour. Ironically, Delany is dyslexic.
  • Delany's aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany, known as the Delany sisters. They both lived to be over 100 years old, and published Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.
  • Among Delany's more unusual credits is that he wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman in 1972, during a controversial period in the publication's history when the lead character abandoned her superpowers and became a secret agent. Delany scripted issues #202 and 203 of the series.

See also

External links


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

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