Saturday, September 20, Driftglass, by Samuel R. 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. It features an exotic locale and plenty of vividly imagined creatures, and the undersea setting and the microscopic nature of the neo-humans make it a memorable science fiction story, intended to invoke the sacred sense of wonder. 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 ease trying to install oil plants and such like structures deep down in the ocean.

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Well, these are great. 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.

In November , Delany turned "The Star Pit" into a two hour radio drama, in which he starred, and which was broadcast annually in New York for a decade. To track down. Along with his apparent film work, see the detailed chronology here. Oh, and some more about provincialism and perspective.

While he was out there seeking to broaden his own. Granted, The Star Pit has a pretty dense plot, too. This one concerns the crippling effects of an ESP that forces a child to receive the strongest mental broadcasts of others -- almost always their most traumatic life events and memories.

The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn.

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. The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the life of one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and quietly tragic. He marks an incident that particularly stuck with him: an encounter with a kind of biker gang squat elsewhere in the Village.

This encounter would seem to be the clear antecedent to the outsider gangs featured both here and in much great depth in Dhalgren. Had his interest in this sort of counter culture already been so piqued before even encountering such?

As such, kinda redundant. I think part of my love for Delany is his recurring focus on outsiders. This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development. Night and the Loves of Joe Dicostanzo New York, October And ending in a rapid, scintillation of strange plot points, seemingly on the subject of the uncertainty uncontrollability? Maybe the "craziest" selection of the bunch, but still affecting in its odd way.

Brilliant first sentence: "She was weeping, banally, in the moonlight. Though like all good sci-fi, it reaches considerably beyond its genre, even as it toys with the tropes.





Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany






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