Creator / Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany ("Chip" to his friends) is an American Science Fiction writer, critic, and academic. Generally associated with the New Wave Science Fiction movement of the 1960's, he is often considered a prodigy, since his well-received first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was written when he was only nineteen, and only a few years later, he was winning Nebula Awards.

He was one of the first openly gay SF writers, one of the first really successful African-American SF writers, and almost certainly the first to be both—though the former has had more of an impact on his writing. His interest in the literary ideals of the New Wave movement led him to academia, and made him one of the first writers to really cross the bridge between SF and Lit Fic. Today, he is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

His best known novels include Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (both Nebula winners), Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Nova, and Dhalgren.

Works with a page on this wiki:

Tropes in his other works:

  • Artificial Meat: Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand has vat grown meat cultures from humans.
  • Ballad of X: The Ballad of Beta-2.
  • Dilating Door: Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand had "the door deliquesced".
  • Everyone Is Bi: In Triton, not everyone is bi but most people are.
  • Long Title:
    • The Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones". (For the curious, those semi-precious stones are used by the underworld as a sort of universal codeword. The stone is changed periodically - hence the name.)
    • The novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.
    • And the truly impressive story, "We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move in a Rigorous Line". (Yes, that's the title, not a quote from the story.)
  • The Milky Way Is the Only Way: In the story "The Star Pit", only people with a specific set of psychological issues can handle going outside the galaxy, even though interstellar travel is ridiculously convenient.
  • Themed Aliases: In "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", the protagonist was an orphan, saddled with the name Harold Clancy Everet. Turning to a life of crime, he never used that name again. His aliases, however all have the initials HCE. Indeed, he is identified by that to the reader, i.e. we are introduced to each alias and know it is him by those initials. All the aliases used by the narrator have the initials H.C.E., a reference to Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.
  • Veganopia: In Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, the enlightened human narrator is shocked at the idea of eating meat from what had been a living animal... being much more comfortable eating vat-grown human flesh.

Alternative Title(s): Samuel Delany