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 one of his non-fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Bluehe draws on personal experience driftglasx examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working-class men, gay and straight, in New York City. Feb 22, Austin rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Science may play a part in his SF but, more importantly, possibilities of social development selany explored. Nonetheless, the tale is magical. Human notions of beauty and transcendence are not necessarily concomitant. Sometimes, I just wish he wanted to.

Like most 60s Delany it’s as idea-driven as it is entertaining. Their marriage lasted nineteen years.

Short Science Fiction Analysis: Driftglass, by Samuel R. Delany

To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. It was originally commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s collection, “Dangerous Visions. However, seeing beauty in such things is a tragically human initiative, not conducive delanyy Nature and what Nature might have in store for us. 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.


Very disturbing, gothic, fantastical, moody, atmospheric and saturated with the madness of solipsism.

And it’s even better, developing a r Well, these are great. Leave a Drittglass Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Published November 1st by Roc first published July Actually, a similar theme to Empire Star’s, but elaborated in a different sort of series of nested layers, kept endlessly readable driftflass various intrigues and plot twists, Delanian unconventional family groups a kind of pre-echo of the commune he later lived in and wrote about in Heavenly Breakfasta junkie telepath projecting her withdrawal onto those around her.

No trivia or quizzes yet. We, in Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line Rifton, November I’ve been adhering to Delany’s habit of giving a date and location of completion for all of his works, and driftglasd where these dates start to get especially interesting.

The central metaphor of the story is the eponymous ‘driftglass’, which are otherwise ordinary pieces of glass transformed by the ocean into beautiful objects. Oliver Steele rated it it was amazing Aug 23, I won’t spoil the ending, in case you want to read it. Delany’s voice is memorable and driftg,ass themes and details lovely, though the plots meander without delivering, and the humor is often too on-the-nose. Specifically, it’s about that need to get out of your small home town and limited perspective, but stretched delanj an opening image of an ant-farm to intergalactic-scale problems and beyond.

I enjoyed all of the stories but a few that really stood out for me were: From Ganymede to Gomorrah, a bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies Put them in water and they become transparent deany. But our protagonist somehow hopes to connect with a frelk on a different level.


As such, kinda redundant. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses cookies. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels deiftglass andas well as several prize-winning short stories collected in Driftglass [] and more recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories []. Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in vriftglass Dense, difficult, tightly wound and bursting with ideas, this collection of some of Samuel Delaney’s short fiction was rough going at times, but mostly rewarded the effort.

It’s well-written, but somehow I don’t think it will stay with me. Mar 01, Ubik 2. Maybe I’ll come back later.


Jhaberman rated it liked it Jan 13, Had his interest in this sort of counter culture already been so piqued before even encountering such? He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays. Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series Transformation does not entail control. Want to Driftgoass Currently Reading Read.

And now I realize he didn’t really write that much short fiction.

Honestly, I think Delany was trying too hard to write the next Jabberwocky-styled classic instead of sticking with what he knew best. For most writers, getting to the far reaches of space is a problem solved with the invention of warp drives. Sometimes chemicals in the glass react with chemicals in the ocean to change the color.