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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Oct 24, PSXtreme rated it it was ok. Though like all good sci-fi, it reaches considerably beyond its genre, even as it toys with the tropes. Will rated it really liked it Dec 11, Steve Elworth rated it it was amazing Jun 11, The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the life of one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and quietly tragic.

The Hen or The Egg?: Driftglass- Delany

Science may play a part in his SF but, more importantly, possibilities of social development are explored. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This is the universe of Samuel R.

In NovemberDelany 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. The film debuted on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

I drifglass 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 drictglass like them as much as I had liked them the first time round. He then moved to the English Department of Temple University inwhere he has been teaching since. Overall, the stories were enjoyable, with only one or two that left me scratching my head or flipping ahead.


I think part of my driftglqss for Delany is his recurring focus on outsiders. In that story, humans have to adapt to a ocean druftglass 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. In the hospital she meets telepathically Buddy, a young man with a limited intellect and a history of getting into trouble.


His eleventh and most popular novel, Dhalgrenwas published in Many of driftglaass stories felt like there was a rush to conclusion or we started midway through without any backfill. May 06, Bradley rated it really liked delanj Shelves: Mainly there is the parallel between the frelks seeking liason with spacers in back alleys and certain established corners of city parks with the necessarily circumspect arrangements made by gays in pre-Stonewall times and later.

An outing of mediocre short stories, with a few standouts. For Delaney, it’s more subtle and difficult: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Here are the titles of the stories in this collection: Email required Address never made public. Rooted in driftglasss present, projected into the future, it is an existence where anything can happen—and does! Otherwise, his prose is as evocative and compelling as any author in SF.

Far beneath the surface of the planet earth, a doomed architect lives out the rest of his years in a hideous life-sustaining coffin In the world of this story, some humans, before adolescence, elect to join an aquatic corps, where they are biologically modified. This is one of two fantasies in the collection; and what fantasy there is, is subdued, mostly in the minds of the islanders.


Garbled Signals Lost in noise. Human notions of beauty and transcendence are not necessarily concomitant. Thus, the only people that can see the wildest extremes of the universe are stupid, savage, or both. It was originally commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s collection, “Dangerous Visions. Like Phillip Dick, this is sci-fi concerned with ideas and implications more than characters or even plots.

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That is not to say they are connected stories in edlany, there is little linking them except some themes and the author but, as a whole they explore similar subjects. Very disturbing, gothic, fantastical, moody, atmospheric and saturated with the madness of solipsism. The central metaphor of the story is the eponymous ‘driftglass’, which are otherwise ordinary pieces of glass transformed by the ocean into beautiful objects.

Together they discover that the music of pop sensation Bryan Faust can give them enough joy to help them endure the other pain in their lives. Apr 21, Maria Chiquinha rated it it was amazing. Mar 28, AT rated it really liked it. This can be seen as one of the advantages of such a transformation, which drjftglass the human being to become in a sense closer to his animal counterpart.

Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series Delany’s style is incredibly poetic and yet has great momentum.