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Samuel R Delany

USA (1942 - )

Samuel R. Delany is the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and one of science fiction's most celebrated authors. Born and raised in New York City, Delany began writing in the early 1960s. His 1966 novel Babel-17 established his reputation, and over the next decade he became famous for his provocative futuristic explorations of race and sexual identity in the novels Nova (1969), Dhalgren (1975) and Triton (1976). His other works include the Neveryon series of novels (1979-87) and the novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1984). He has also written frankly about his life as an African-American homosexual, and his non-fiction books include The Motion of Light and Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-65 (1988) and Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (Sexual Culture) (1999).

Samuel R Delany's books for adults only

Fall of the Towers
1. Captives of the Flame (1963)
     aka Out of the Dead City
2. The Towers of Toron (1964)
3. The City of a Thousand Suns (1965)
The Fall of the Towers (omnibus) (1970)


Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Quark 1 (1970) (with Marilyn Hacker)
Quark 3 (1971) (with Marilyn Hacker)
Quark 4 (1971) (with Marilyn Hacker)
Quark 2 (1971) (with Marilyn Hacker)

Non fiction

Anthologies containing stories by Samuel R Delany

Short stories
The Ballad of Beta-2 [short story] (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Empire Star [short story] (1966)
Aye, and Gomorrah... (1967)Hugo (nominee)
Corona (1967)
Driftglass [short story] (1967)Nebula (nominee)
The Star Pit (1967)Hugo (nominee)
High Weir (1968)
Lines of Power (1968)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Power of the Nail (1968) (with Harlan Ellison)
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (1968)Hugo
Prismatica (1977)Hugo (nominee)
The Tale of Gorkin (1979)Nebula (nominee)

Nebula nominee (1966) : The Ballad of Beta-2 [short story]
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1967) : Babel-17
Nebula Best Novel winner (1967) : Babel-17
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1968) : Aye, and Gomorrah...
Hugo nominee (1968) : The Star Pit
Nebula Best Short story winner (1968) : Aye, and Gomorrah...
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1968) : Driftglass [short story]
Nebula Best Novel winner (1968) : The Einstein Intersection
Hugo nominee (1969) : Lines of Power
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1969) : Nova
Nebula nominee (1969) : Lines of Power
Hugo Best Short story winner (1970) : Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
Nebula winner (1970) : Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1976) : Dhalgren
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1977) : Triton
Hugo nominee (1978) : Prismatica
Nebula nominee (1980) : The Tale of Gorkin
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Novel nominee (1987) : Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

Books about Samuel R Delany
Samuel R Delany recommends
Motherlines (1978)
(Holdfast, book 2)
Suzy McKee Charnas
"Everything I've always wanted from an adventure, and then some!"
Golem 100
Golem 100 (1980)
Alfred Bester
"An elegant and exuberant performance."
Icehenge (1984)
Kim Stanley Robinson
"Intricate and elegant."
The Falling Woman
The Falling Woman (1986)
Pat Murphy
"A lovely and literate exploration of the dark moment where myth and science meet."
Alanya to Alanya
Alanya to Alanya (2005)
(Marq'ssan Cycle, book 1)
L Timmel Duchamp
"[Duchamp] is simply and unarguably among the best."

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