Samuel Delany

Samuel Ray "Chip" Delany, Jr. (born April 1, 1942) is a gay Black Americann writer, academic, and literary critic.

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 SUNY Buffalo, and moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001.

He has written extensively in science fiction and fantasy genres. He is also the author of a number of fictional and autobiographical works that include references to extreme aspects of human sexuality. 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.

Table of contents
1 Selected Bibliography
2 Other Facts
3 External links
4 References

Selected Bibliography

Novels: 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
  • "1984" (2000)

Short story collections:
  • Driftglass (1971)
  • Distant Stars (1981)
(both include the Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones")

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.

The Library of Congress incorrectly recorded his nationality as English.

Delany's great-aunts were Bessie and Sadie 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.

See also:

External links


Robert S. Bravard; Michael W. Peplow, Through a Glass Darkly: Bibliographing Samuel R. Delanyin Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 18, No. 2.

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