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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Science may play a part in his SF but, more importantly, possibilities of social development are explored.

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The great thing about Delany short stories is that celany weird factor is a lot more manageable. Now he lives near the dirftglass of Brazil somewhere, and hangs out with traditional, native fishermen. Garbled Signals Lost in noise. You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. That is not to 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.

I read a facsimile of the Signet edition. But our protagonist somehow hopes to connect with a frelk on a different level. Thus, the only people that can see the wildest drifgglass of the universe are stupid, savage, or driftglass. Russ rated it really liked it Feb 14, Mar 01, Ubik 2. And if you have, then this collection is still a wonderful synopsis of some of his finest early writing. And in fact even the engineering aspects hold up well. Delany’s the archetypal Speculative Fiction writer.


Dense, difficult, driftgkass 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. This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development.

They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, wearing the edges, changing their shape.

Bill rated it it was amazing Feb 11, The Star Pit NYC, Oct So apparently immediately after writing the exuberantly entertaining interstellar fairytale Empire Star in something like 10 days in order to finance a trip to Europe, before even getting to leave, Delany sat down and wrote this one, another novella of nearly Empire Star length. The film debuted on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

On the contrary, it reinforces the joy of the hunt, emphasizing what is very much a human endeavour.


Vyme lives at the Star Pit, a waystation on the edge of the galaxy, compelled to push the limits of his containment. According to Wikipedia, all of these stories are also available in the collection Aye, and Gomorrah, and Other Stories.

Here, Delany invents a new sexual orientation and shows its awkwardness and its consequences including a new form of prostitution. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Email required Address never made public. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

drirtglass That came in handy because acclimating to every story is a two or three page process for me, so I always ended up having to dou The great thing about Delany short stories is that the weird factor is a lot more manageable. Model in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis: Star Pit and Driftglass were great!


The balancing character opposite this child, driftglasx suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn. He then moved to the English Department of Temple University inwhere he has been teaching since. Sep 11, Eoinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Delany’s voice is memorable and his themes and details lovely, though the plots meander without delivering, and the humor is often too on-the-nose.

Then you get relatively straightforward stories like “Dog in a Fishing Net” and the title story, which contain almost no science, no weird tech, and read like short stories from 50 years before.

DriftglassSamuel R. This is emphasized by the ugly covering of black silica on the skin of the aquamen who are brought in after the accident out at sea, by the end of the novel, mirroring the protagonist’s fate.

These stories are fifty years old but they feel fresh and vigorous and pertinent. Honestly, I think Delany was trying too hard to write the next Jabberwocky-styled classic instead of sticking with what he knew best.

Oct 13, Matus rated it it was amazing.

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