History Creator / SamuelRDelany

24th Jul '17 7:56:00 PM Xtifr
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* InstrumentalWeapon: In ''The Einstein Intersection'', Lo Lobey has a machete which has been modified to work as a flute.
27th Jan '17 2:27:59 PM Xtifr
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!! Selected other works:
* ''The Jewels of Aptor'' (1962)
* ''The Fall of the Towers'' trilogy
** ''Captives of the Flame'' (aka ''Out of the Dead City'') (1963)
** ''The Towers of Toron'' (1964)
** ''City of a Thousand Suns'' (1956)
* ''The Ballad of Beta-2'' (1965)
* ''The Einstein Intersection'' (1967)
* ''Triton'' (aka ''Trouble on Triton'') (1976)
* ''Empire'' (a "visual novel") (1978)
* The ''Nevèrÿon'' series
** ''Tales of Nevèrÿon'' (1979)
** ''Neveryóna'' (1983)
** ''Flight from Nevèrÿon'' (1985)
** ''The Bridge of Lost Desire'' (1987)
* ''Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand'' (1984)
* ''They Fly at Çiron'' (1993)
* ''Dark Reflections'' (2007)
* ''Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders'' (2012)
19th Jan '17 1:13:44 PM Black_Diesel
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10th Dec '16 3:18:47 AM Xtifr
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* HumanOutsideAlienInside: In ''City of a Thousand Suns'', an alien is described as looking exactly like a human woman, but "[i]nternal examination and genetic analysis would prove her a bisexual species of moss."
7th Dec '16 11:51:18 PM Xtifr
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* AfterTheEnd: In ''The Fall of the Towers'' trilogy, hundreds of years have passed since the legendary "Great Fire", which left most of the world an uninhabitable radioactive wasteland. Most of what survived are islands. The kingdom of Toromon started on an island, and now controls many islands as well as a rare habitable chunk of the mainland.
7th Dec '16 11:38:02 PM Xtifr
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1st Nov '16 9:41:02 PM PaulA
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* BalladOfX: ''The Ballad of Beta-2''.


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* EveryoneIsBi: In ''Triton'', not everyone is bi but most people are.
12th Sep '16 8:20:23 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/EmpireStar''



* AnachronicOrder: The short novel ''Empire Star'' (1966) uses/abuses this trope to an amazing degree. The story involves several different time travellers, and, while it follows one character, at the end, you realize that there ''is'' no "proper" order for the whole story. Any ordering would have been arbitrary, and you have to put the events together for yourself.



* MindScrew: Apparently to understand everything that's going on in ''Empire Star'', you'd need to be a "multiplex" thinker like some of the characters.
10th Sep '16 6:20:48 AM Xtifr
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His best known novels include ''Babel-17'' and ''The Einstein Intersection'' (both Nebula winners), ''Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand'', ''Literature/{{Nova}}'', and ''Literature/{{Dhalgren}}''.

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His best known novels include ''Babel-17'' ''Literature/Babel17'' and ''The Einstein Intersection'' (both Nebula winners), ''Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand'', ''Literature/{{Nova}}'', and ''Literature/{{Dhalgren}}''.
10th Sep '16 6:10:50 AM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/Babel17''



* AttackPatternAlpha: ''Literature/{{Babel-17}}'', quite apart from the languages, incorporeal navigation and biological modification going on, features a captain directing a fleet via ''clinical psychiatry terms''. [[spoiler:When the heroine grabs the mike off the captain and turns the tide of a battle by speaking to the ships in the same kind of language, she explains that it all made sense in the Babel-17 language she's been deciphering, indicating that there may be more to Babel-17 than just words]].
* ConLang: In ''Babel-17'', Babel-17 itself is an ''in-universe'' example. It is a language specifically constructed to take advantage of the LanguageEqualsThought trope. Learning Babel-17 has significant effects on the way you think. When Wong first starts to learn the language, she finds it makes certain kinds of strategy puzzles much easier to solve. Later, she also finds it has some additional [[EnemyWithin not-so-pleasant]] effects.



* LanguageEqualsThought: ''Babel-17'' is built wholly around this trope. The smallest (and least spoilish) example is a race of aliens whose language is based almost entirely around temperature gradients but have no word for "house" - because of this, they build incomprehensible starships that look like a mass of strung-together boiled eggs. And of course, [[spoiler: the eponymous language enables extremely fast thinking and enhanced spatial awareness]].
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