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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Delany was far ahead of his time, not so much with the nuts and bolts engineering aspects but with the social insights, the attitudes to questions of gender, sexuality, culture. Sometimes chemicals in the glass react with chemicals in the ocean to change the color.

Oh, and some more about provincialism and perspective. These stories were originally published in a four-year period from to Stories that I recall as only being fairly good ‘The Star Pit’, ‘Dog in a Fisherman’s Net’, ‘Driftglass’ turned out to be brilliant; stories I recall as being brilliant ‘Night and the Loves of Joe Diconstanzo’ turned out to be nearly perfect; and even the few stories I recall as not liking very much ‘High Weir’, ‘Corona’ turned out to be ingenious, entertaining and utterly worthwhile.

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The Hen or The Egg?: Driftglass- Delany

A really smart writer can make some very complex concepts very approachable. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between andas well as several prize-winning short stories collected in Deiftglass [] and more recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories criftglass.

At first, I assumed that Delaney is a driftylass smarter than me, and I just wasn’t used to reading this dritfglass. Their marriage lasted nineteen years. The manned intergalactic spaceflights come across as drifttlass 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.

And in fact even the engineering aspects hold up well. The collection shows why Delany is often ranked with the likes of Gene Wolfe as one of the foremost literary stylists in science fiction. They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, driftflass the edges, changing their shape.


The aquamen seem at ease in such a setting, suggesting that such a transformation is not necessarily completely at odds with human behaviour either. 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 rated it really liked it Feb 14, Delany’s style is incredibly poetic and yet has great momentum. While he was out there seeking to broaden his own. 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.

Recommended to Nate D by: Delany’s the archetypal Speculative Fiction writer. Maybe the “craziest” selection of the bunch, but still affecting in its odd way.

I enjoyed all of the stories but a few that really stood out for me were: In the world of this story, some humans, before adolescence, elect to join an aquatic corps, where they are biologically modified.

His concepts are original and his writing style is artful, engaging and thought provoking. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Thanks for telling us about the problem. That wd be the title of some speculative faction by myself.


He has driftglads several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years. Oliver Steele rated it it was dekany Aug 23, You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. 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 delnay. 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.

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Maybe I’ll come back later. Realizing that whites face their own social limitations must be small consolation to those who were or are stuck in some narrow role dictated not by their own will but by uncontrollable forces. Far beneath the surface of the planet earth, a doomed architect lives out the rest of his years in a hideous life-sustaining coffin As someone who loves science fiction when its good, but acknowledges ddriftglass so much of it isn’t, an author like Delaney is a serious breath of good clean fresh air.

Sometimes veins work their way through in patterns like snowflakes, regular and geometric; others, irregular and angled like coral.

Samuel Ray Delany, also known as “Chip,” is an award-winning American science fiction author. Garbled Signals Lost in noise. Nov 27, Neven rated it really liked it.

Great stories it took me a long time to get in the right mindset for. So far I’ve read two stories in this book: This site uses cookies. Granted, The Star Pit has a pretty dense plot, too. Had his interest in this sort of counter culture already been so piqued before even encountering such? Here, Delany invents a new sexual orientation and shows its awkwardness and its consequences including a new form of prostitution.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Steve Elworth rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series It’s well-written, but somehow I don’t think it will stay with me. Some pieces were chock full of giant spaceships and galactic spaceports, while others could have been a tale of fishing out of an obscure Hemingway collection.

This can be seen as one of the advantages of such a transformation, which allows the human being to become in a sense closer to his animal counterpart.