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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He marks an incident that particularly stuck with him: Driftglass by Samuel R. I won’t spoil the ending, in case you want to read it. At first, I assumed that Delaney is a lot smarter than me, and I just wasn’t used to reading this deeply. This might seem to be an obvious enough point, but it is not a laboured one.

Delaney is great at pitting character archetypes at one another — lawbreakers and honest citizens, asexual beings and fetishists, those representing progress and those clinging to old ways — flashing them to our own times while extrapolating our next fifty years. Golden the term is used for singular and plural are people who have been ddelany psychologically damaged from abuse or neglect, combined with a natural chemical imbalance, that they feel out of place on their own planet.

Mar 28, AT rated it really liked it. C rated it it was amazing Sep 01, It feels eerily precient as we look at a whole group of velany in this country actively resist affordable healthcare because I don’t know To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Like Phillip Dick, this is sci-fi concerned with ideas and implications more than characters or even plots. Apr 21, Maria Chiquinha rated it it was amazing.

As one other celany wrote here, one gets driftgoass sense that Delaney might be working out large ideas that he’d explore further in larger novels. In both cases, I reached the end without having drkftglass of a sense of what there was to be taken from it.

Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series Finally the golden discover aliens who can travel to places the golden cannot, and they too must face the limits of their containment. The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn. Fletcher rated it really liked it Feb 04, Which I then re-read.

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Published November 1st by Roc first published July I enjoyed all of the stories but a few that really stood out for me were: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Actually, a similar theme to Empire Star’s, but elaborated in a different sort of series of nested layers, kept endlessly readable with various intrigues and plot twists, Delanian unconventional family groups a kind of pre-echo of the commune he later lived in and wrote about in Heavenly Breakfasta junkie telepath projecting her withdrawal onto those around her.

Put them in water and they become transparent again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That’s not necessarily a compliment.

They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, wearing the edges, changing their shape. I only read Driftglass btw. In NovemberDelany turned “The Star Pit” into a two hour radio drama, dtiftglass which he starred, and which was broadcast annually in New York for a decade.

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And in a remote outpost near Canada, a lone cluster of Hell’s Angels prepare for the final battle with a society which demands that all men share in the good life Liam rated it liked it Jul 06, Steve Elworth rated it it was amazing Jun 11, However, during the fishing expedition, there is a hint of an exuberant, joyous thrill of the hunt, wherein celany human does so while being an ‘equal’ to that of fish.

The manned intergalactic spaceflights come across as allegorical and symbolic more than crusty and redundant, and there are many plenty of examples a prefiguration of the internet in ‘We, in Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line’ where Delany was more advanced than most of his ‘hard SF’ contemporaries.

The first deals with the new gender identity of young astronauts, and its cultural fallout, spun in an exhilarating swirl of places and vividly half-described incidents. Dog in a Fisherman’s Net Mykonos, Jan And then Delany writing in Europe on that trip, here in and about the Greek isles, in a surprising realist mode concerning itself with certain tensions between Greek Orthodoxy in town life and the pagan rites and idols of the shepards in the hills.


Specifically, it’s about that need to get out of your small home town and limited perspective, but stretched from an opening image of an ant-farm to intergalactic-scale problems and beyond. The only people that can travel to the outer reaches of space are the delanny golden “sans noun”.

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We, in Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line Rifton, November I’ve been adhering to Delany’s habit of giving a date and location of completion for all of his works, and here’s where these dates start to get especially interesting. Along with his apparent film work, see the detailed chronology here. Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in In the near future of this world, men and women are transformed by their government into modified amphibious human beings with gills, who traverse undersea depths at delwny trying to install oil plants and such like structures deep down in the ocean.

Honestly, I think Delany was trying too hard to write the next Jabberwocky-styled classic instead of sticking with what he knew best. Model in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis: Not very enjoyable and difficult to read.


I read a facsimile of the Signet edition. In that story, humans have to adapt to a ocean planet by becoming something more than human, but if I remember correctly certain basic human drives remain consistent, such as the need to know what lies beyond the world of comprehension.

But our protagonist somehow hopes to droftglass with a frelk on a different level.