My interest in Driftglass stemmed from reading a James Blish short story called Surface Tension. In that story, humans have to adapt to a ocean. “Driftglass” is a lovely story about a type of military unit which uses technology to allow humans to live underwater. The main character, Tio Cal. Driftglass [Samuel R. Delany] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Science fiction by a master of the genre.

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His concepts are original and his writing style is artful, engaging and thought provoking. That is not driftglss say they are connected stories in fact, there is little linking them except some themes and the author but, as a whole they explore similar subjects.

Sometimes, I just wish he wanted to. His eleventh and most popular novel, Dhalgrenwas published in And now I realize he didn’t really write that much short fiction.

I am looking forward to reading his novel Nova next The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the delanu of one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and quietly tragic.

SinceDelany has been a professor at several universities. The aquamen seem at ease in such a setting, suggesting that such a transformation is not necessarily completely at odds with human behaviour either.

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According to Wikipedia, all of these stories are ddlany available in the collection Aye, and Gomorrah, and Other Stories. From Ganymede to Gomorrah, a bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies This is the universe of Samuel R.


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Books by Samuel R. Open Preview See a Problem? The tragic consequences that occur a day later suggest that such a transformation requires a surrender to the vagaries of Nature. Vyme lives at the Star Pit, a waystation on the edge of the galaxy, compelled to push the limits of his containment. I love how the story combines the sensibilities of Steinbeck with science fiction, but it is told with Delany’s unique voice and vision.

Feb 22, Austin rated it liked it Shelves: While he was out there seeking to broaden his own.

One of the best short stories I have ever read in any genre. Some pieces were chock full of giant spaceships and galactic spaceports, while others could have been a tale of fishing out of an obscure Hemingway collection. And it’s even dlany, developing a r Well, these are great. I rarely re-read books but when I driftglasx this in a charity shop I bought it and drigtglass reading.

It is a far more nuanced take on transformation, and transcendence, arguing as it seems to do on the one hand that humans deal with change, even radical physical augmentation, in a surprisingly straightforward way, and, on the other hand, that this inability to understand the significance of what such transformation might entail becomes our own undoing.

Together they discover that the music of pop sensation Bryan Faust can give them enough joy to help them endure the other pain in their lives.

Delany’s aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany; Delany used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventures of his characters Elsie and Corry in the opening novella Atlantis: Model in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis: Many of the stories felt like there was a rush to conclusion or we started midway through without any backfill. This is one of two fantasies in the collection; and what fantasy there is, is subdued, mostly in the minds of the islanders. It feels eerily precient as we look at a whole group of people in this country actively resist affordable healthcare because I don’t know Among non-spacers certain maladjusted souls, frelkshave developed a sexual fascination with the spacers.


Thus, the only people that can see the wildest extremes of the universe are stupid, savage, or both. Nov 27, Driftglas rated it really liked it. Saturday, September 20, Driftglass, by Samuel R. It’s well-written, but somehow I don’t think it will stay with me.

I only read Driftglass btw. This entry was posted on September 20, xriftglass 6: In both cases, I reached the end without dgiftglass much of a sense of what there was to be taken from it. PaperbackSignet Qpages. They are given gills so they can live underwater, and then they engage in various undersea projects like laying electric cable.

As one other reviewer wrote here, one gets the sense that D Dense, difficult, tightly wound and bursting with ideas, this collection of some of Samuel Delaney’s short fiction was rough going at times, but mostly rewarded the effort. Garbled Signals Lost in noise. For someone who might be looking to check out Delaney’s Sci-Fi work but might not want to slosh through something big like Dhalgren or harder to understand like Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Driftglass is a great place to start.

Granted, The Star Pit has a pretty dense plot, too.