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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In bite-sized chunks, there are fewer moving parts and it’s easier to see what’s happening.

And in fact even the engineering aspects hold up well. When the pieces dry, they’re milky. Mark rated it really liked it Aug 03, Nonetheless, the tale is magical. Too many of the short stories started in the middle, never really had a firm ending and were stuffed full of extraneous cheddar cheese.

Fletcher rated it really liked it Feb 04, It was originally commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s collection, “Dangerous Visions.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Otherwise, his prose is as deany and compelling as any author in SF. 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.

Among non-spacers certain maladjusted souls, frelkshave developed a sexual fascination with the spacers.

A really smart writer can make some very complex concepts very approachable. Like Phillip Dick, this is sci-fi concerned with ideas and implications more than characters or even plots. Only dfiftglass a single story here out of curiosity, the second one actually named Driftglass.


Steve Elworth rated it it was amazing Jun 11, And what was up with the predicitons of worldwide computer networks in a story from “We, in some strange power’s employ, move on a rigorous line”and light-based computer memory and hopfield net reconstructions “High Weir” and “Time considered as dridtglass helix of semi-precious stones” He has had several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years.

Golden the term is used for singular and plural are people who have been so psychologically damaged from abuse or neglect, combined with a natural chemical imbalance, that they feel out of place on their own planet. In some of his longer works, I sometimes feel like I’m lost and that I don’t know exactly what he’s doing in the overall narrative or why a particular piece of the story is so important.

And whites by-and-large must have seemed as callous toward blacks as golden toward normal humans in the story. However, Delanys language and habit of throwing you straight in to the plot can make the stories hard to penetrate.

In both cases, I reached the end without having much of a sense of what there was to be taken from it. An interesting collection of stories from the always ambitous pen of Samuel Delany. Perhaps because they’re dense not so much with plot as with warm and involving character. Email required Address never made public. Driftgalss 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?

Garbled Signals Lost in noise. And it’s even better, developing a r Well, these are great. One of the best short stories I have ever read in any genre. Here are the titles of the stories in this collection: This is the universe of Samuel R.


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Mursalin Khandaker rated it really liked it Mar 30, You are commenting using your WordPress. I had expected to still like the stories but to find that perhaps they had dated a little not a big problem for me and that at best I would only like them as much as I had liked them the first time round.

Russ driftglsas it really liked it Feb 14, Model in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis: Now he lives near the coast of Brazil somewhere, and hangs out with traditional, native fishermen. The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn.

The only people that can travel to the outer reaches of space are the enigmatically-named golden “sans noun”.


Ddlany 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. He frequently plumbs the most intimate thoughts of his characters.

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 delanny the significance of what such transformation might entail becomes our own undoing.

Durand Jones rated it it was amazing Sep 13, As such, kinda redundant.