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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Vyme lives at the Star Pit, a waystation on the edge of the galaxy, compelled to push the limits of his containment. But its likely to still connect with gays, and could potentially open the eyes of straights in more traditional societies. Fletcher rated it really driftglazs it Delzny 04, They had a daughter, Iva Hacker-Delany b. 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 understand the significance of what such transformation might entail becomes our own undoing.

This isn’t me casting aspersions; I think Delaney writes like this on purpose, and probably could make things more clear if he really wanted to. Model in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis: So far I’ve read two stories in this book: The film debuted on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Novemberof course, falls during Delany’s stay in the Heavenly Breakfast commune in the East Village, and it shows. Human notions of beauty and transcendence are not necessarily concomitant. I only read Driftglass btw. Like most 60s Delany it’s as idea-driven as it is entertaining. And as inventive as “Night and the Loves of Joe DiCostanzo” was, it was infuriatingly opaque, like someone trying to tell you about a very personal dream they had.


The first deals with the new gender driftglasw of young astronauts, and its cultural fallout, spun in an exhilarating swirl of places and vividly half-described incidents. Sometimes veins work their way through in patterns like snowflakes, regular and geometric; others, irregular and angled like coral. Put them in water and they dfiftglass transparent again. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here His concepts are original and his writing style is artful, engaging and thought provoking.

Now he lives near the coast of Brazil somewhere, and hangs out with traditional, native fishermen.

driffglass Delaney is great at pitting character archetypes at one another — lawbreakers and honest citizens, asexual beings and fetishists, those representing progress and those clinging to old ways — flashing them to our own times while extrapolating our next fifty years.

This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development.

Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany

In bite-sized chunks, there are fewer moving parts and it’s easier to see what’s happening. Delany’s the archetypal Speculative Fiction writer. Then you get relatively straightforward stories like “Dog in a Fishing Net” and the title story, which contain almost no science, no weird tech, and read like short stories from 50 years before. They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, wearing the edges, changing their shape.

To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. Only a drivtglass few, known as goldenhave the psychological make-up needed to survive travel drftglass other galaxies.

Lists with This Book. Great stories it took driftglasx a long time to get in the right mindset for.

In the world of this story, some humans, before adolescence, elect to join an aquatic corps, where they are biologically modified. I only read three of the stories before sending it back to the library, but I would totally pick it up again. Jun 09, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: C rated it it was amazing Sep 01, He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between andas well as several prize-winning short stories collected in Driftglass [] and more recently in Delahy, and Gomorrah, and other stories [].


Jhaberman rated it liked it Jan 13, Conveyed entirely via the disembodied dialogue of characters who can’t actually see eachother, in dystopian future-prison, which Venetian digressions.

This encounter would seem to be the clear antecedent to the outsider gangs featured both here and in much great depth in Dhalgren.

The aquamen seem at ease in such a setting, suggesting that such a transformation is not necessarily completely at odds with human behaviour either.


In one of his non-fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Bluehe draws on personal experience to 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.

They are given gills so they can live underwater, and then they engage in various undersea projects like laying electric cable.

Delan like all good sci-fi, it reaches considerably beyond its genre, even as it toys with the tropes. On the contrary, it reinforces the joy of the hunt, emphasizing what is very much a human endeavour. These stories were originally published in a four-year period from to You are commenting using your Facebook account. Oliver Steele rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Oct 13, Matus rated it it was amazing.