On Triton and Other Matters: An Interview with Samuel R. Delany The following text did not originate as any kind of formal interview. Instead it grew out of an. After the last post on Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, it made sense to me to read through Samuel Delany’s Trouble on Triton in my best of. The Dispossessed has the subtitle “An Ambiguous Utopia” and Triton answers with the subtitle “An Ambiguous Heterotopia.” In Delany’s long.

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What I say about it really is not privileged—as they say in Comp. But he took it a step further: And I’ve already talked about the political dimensions to his own problems that Bron himself is blind to and that only emerge in the second appendix.

Samuel R. Delany — On Triton and Other Matters: An Interview with Samuel R. Delany

I read this book as “Triton,” in a yellowed Frederik Pohl Selection mass-market paperback edition. But what one doesn’t get is the sense of Triton ‘s dystopian possibilities. I wouldn’t presume to tell you such a thing. This book is mostly a character study of Bron. In Dhalgrenwhich would be the suit of clothes, would you say?


You just can’t read the passage too closely. But the first part of the question sets it in an expanded context that demands an actual algebra of response.


This is mainly used as the backdrop for Bron’s ultimately disastrous relationship with a brilliant young woman known as the Spike, but Delany speculates about how an interplanetary war might actually unfold. Not Quine—Wittgenstein, I think: Or rather, it’s another case of philosophical parasitism.

I hadn’t heard of this author or book before. Lupoff praised Triton as “a thoroughly absorbing, highly rewarding reading experience.

But I couldn’t get into this book: But sometimes it feels like two. This is, of course, magic—another way of saying it’s impossible. I wonder how far you could take it as the major political tenet per se of a whole society.

There are two kinds of characters, I think, in most modern fiction: Does it get better? I pretty much concur. One of these days, someone may open a store there. Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of Delany’s use of racial and sexual slurs which, uh, target his own real life demographic, is kindof hilarious. Because, after all, what we’re allowed to know is that triotn perhaps “utopian” social system depends upon something called the “computer delamy.


Appreciations: Samuel Delany’s Futuristic Trouble on Triton, 40 Years Later | Kirkus Reviews

What an interesting and completely frustrating book. But, again, you start from the effects you want. It seems to hold in common many sci fi books that I read in my youth where an author seems to believe that he can improve on society.

He’s also incredibly selfish, and has no emotional intelligence to speak of. Vlet is a game of sword and sorcery.

delang I can probably extrapolate two or three layers beyond what I’ve directly described—frankly, I’d hope any reader really interested in the novel would do some extrapolating on her or his own as a matter of course. You asked where the “dystopian” implications were: I don’t like or enjoy reading novels in which the main characters are unlikable. It’s a pacing thing. An Interview with Samuel R.