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by Samuel R. Delany


Samuel R. Delany is the most interesting author of science fiction writing in English today. Finally, in an old Harlem newspaper, a small article was unearthed that confirmed it: my father died in the early days of October 1960.

Samuel R. Here’s a pretty accurate chronology based on one we prepared for the year and a half that straddled my nineteenth birthday, starting from the summer before, covering my father’s death, and ending a year later. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including Dhalgren, other fiction including The Mad . It is, simply, Delany's memoirs of being a young, black, gay science fiction writer in New York City in the 1960s. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including Dhalgren, other fiction including The Mad Man, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. He lives in New York City and teaches at Temple University. The Lambda Book Report chose Delany as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness, and he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to lesbian and gay literature.

Award-winning author Samuel R. Delany's riveting autobiography of one of science fiction's most important voices. Delany paints a vivid and co mpelling picture of New York's East Village in the early 60s, a time of unprecedented social transformation. Admittedly I went into "Motion of Light in Water" not knowing what to expect, and I would reason that is the case for most readers " would give me more insight into what it was like to live in NYC's bohemian communities back in the 1960s, which it certainly does to varying degrees.

The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, is an autobiography by science fiction author Samuel R. Delany in which he recounts his experiences as growing up as a gay African American man, as well as some of hi. . Delany in which he recounts his experiences as growing up as a gay African American man, as well as some of his time in an interracial and open marriage with Marilyn Hacker. It describes encounters with Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, and Stokely Carmichael, a dinner with W. H. Auden, and a phone call to James Baldwin.

Delany, Samuel R. Publication date. General, Delany, Samuel R. - Prose & Criticism, Biography, Autobiography, Science fiction, phy, Popular culture, East Village (New York, . Authorship, 20th century, Authors, American, Biography, Delany, Samuel R, Bohemianism. New York : Arbor House/W. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by abowser on November 21, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

Praise for the Writing of Samuel R. Delany. I consider Delany not only one of the most important SF writers of the present generation, but a fascinating writer in general who has invented a new style. Umberto Eco. Samuel R. Dhalgren’s the secret masterpiece, the city-book-labyrinth that has swallowed astonished readers alive for almost thirty years. Its beauty and force still seem to be growing.

in Water : Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village. moved into the city's new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Delany writes of his life as a young writer and lover in Greenwich Village from about 1959 until 1963.

The Motion of Light in Water : Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village. The interracial couple moved into the city's new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Through the decade's opening years, new art, new sexual practices, new music, and new political awareness burgeoned among the crowded streets and cheap railroad apartments. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including Dhalgren, other fiction including The Mad Man, as well . This book is invaluable gay history.

Home Samuel R. Delany The Motion of Light in Water . years as an author in the early 1960s East Village scene of New York provide the setting for his story. Delany The Motion of Light in Water: East Village Sex and Science. The Motion of Light in Water: East Village Sex and Science Fiction Writing, 1960-1965. Published by Paladin, 1990. An offbeat literary autobiography, where the writer's first years as an author in the early 1960s East Village scene of New York provide the setting for his story. Bibliographic Details.

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Admittedly I went into "Motion of Light in Water" not knowing what to expect, and I would reason that is the case for most readers. Having read Patti Smith's transcendent Just Kids I somehow thought that "Motion.." would give me more insight into what it was like to live in NYC's bohemian communities back in the 1960s, which it certainly does to varying degrees. Smith came along a few years after Delany and much of what they relay here is the same...NYC was a much smaller, more community based place then, and it was surprisingly easy to meet and get to know luminaries like W. H. Auden, Albert Einstein, and others in Delany's case. Delany accepts but also questions labels that were appropriate for that era...black, gay, dyslexic, and others, that most people today would reject in favor of inclusiveness, but this is a recollection of an earlier time and place, hence more appropriate. What I found myself pondering here is the confusion people may feel entering into this realm as they likely came here for different reasons. Fans of Delany's science fiction wanting likely will read this wanting more insight into his growth and development as an author as well as the sources of his inspiration. Many of them may be put off by his recollections of his mildly graphic homosexual encounters, but perhaps not. LGBT readers hoping for insight into an under-recognized pre-Stonewall part of the community may find themselves bored with the passages relating to his science fiction work or disturbed by his promiscuous nature at the time. Indeed there is almost sort of a "Mad Men" era to everything here. Nothing is truly politically correct; Chip and Marilyn (his wife at the time) were both bisexual, poor, and trying to find their own way. That's what's most interesting...how these two very lost souls found each other, came to understand each other for all their faults and weaknesses, worked out an arrangement, pursued a life together flying in the face of societal norms, set out to find their own way, and ultimately came to accept and realize their own limitations and attributes. There are incredibly prescient points along the way and much of what Delany presents should prompt readers to contemplate the fluidity of sexuality and human nature, and the confines of monogamy and heteronormative society. This isn't easy reading to be honest and there's a lot here than can put readers off. That Delany is so willing to lay bare his soul is laudatory, and he does so completely in a way that is refreshing and shocking. Like most geniuses Delany is a mix of creative genius and madness. He owns up to his dyslexia but I cannot help but ponder if he also falls in the spectrum of Asberger's with his detached nature, tendency towards the obsessive/compulsive, tendency to obsess on particular points (his father's date of death in particular), and his awkwardness in social situations. He has certainly become an agent provocateur in recent times and perhaps that has marginalized his role and importance in the LGBT community. "Motion..." is certainly worth the read but be forewarned, it is a tough slog for many. I'm certainly intrigued to read his other memoirs and social commentaries now that I have a better sense of his writing style and perspective. "Motion..." likely is not for everyone and honestly I'm hard pressed to say what it's precise appeal may be. It certainly does capture NYC in a certain space and time and does give you insight into the creative process. While it's likely not everyone's cup of tea it is an important book that deserves merit.
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Samuel Delany has, through the years, greatly enriched the field of science fiction through his spectacular novels such as Nova and Babel-17 and short stories such as "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones". He has also done a great deal to bring the world of science fiction back into the field of recognized literature through essays and articles that have shown its richness, its ingenuity, its relationships with other forms of literature, and its ability to, at its best, illuminate the human condition in a fashion impossible in other forms.

This is an autobiographical rendering of his life from about age 14 to age 22. As might be supposed from his fictional writings, Delany is revealed to be both brilliant and highly unconventional. From his inter-racial marriage to Marilyn Hacker (who would later win a National Book Award for her poetry) at a time when such marriages where practically unheard of, to his awakening sexual predilections, this book is fascinating in its straight-forward directness, never avoiding describing events in detail regardless of how much the events were taboo or not mentioned in polite company.

Set with Delany's inimitable style, his ability to evoke pictures with words and seasoned with excerpts from some of Marilyn's (and his own) poems, Motion paints an indelible portrait of the tail end of the 'beat' era and the beginning of the 'hippie' movement. I found myself saying, yes, that is exactly how it was (even though Delany is six years older than me), as his work evoked some of my own memories of my early years away from home, living in a rat-trap with little income, the first experiences of actually living with a woman, the community of young people that wove around and over you, the passions and idealisms of youth.

On top of this, Delany lays forth the genesis of his early works, both their writing and his difficulties in getting them published. Some of the characters and situations of his novels take on a new light after reading this, seeing how much of himself Delany put into those characters. We find that Delany also has other talents besides writing: musician (once headlined above Bob Dylan), actor, and poet.
As they say in the movies: Warning: this book contains explicit sex scenes, both heterosexual and homosexual. Those who are offended by such should not read this book. But those who do read it will be rewarded with a great tale of life told with pin-point accuracy and all the emotion of great poetry.

This book took the 1989 Hugo for best science-fiction related non-fiction work, and it fully deserved it.

--- Reviewed by Patrick (hyperpat)
The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village 1960-1965 ebook
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Samuel R. Delany
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