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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Nov 27, Neven rated it really liked it. To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. A really smart writer can make some very complex concepts very approachable. He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays. One of the best short stories I have ever read in any genre. It was originally commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s collection, “Dangerous Visions.

Many of the stories felt like there was a rush to conclusion or we started midway through without any backfill. The family lived in the top two floors of the three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings.

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In NovemberDelany turned “The Star Pit” into a two dslany radio drama, in which he starred, and which was broadcast annually in New York for a decade. Only a limited few, known as goldenhave the psychological make-up needed to survive travel to other galaxies. That sense of opacity of writing comes up a lot in the book.

Apr 21, Maria Chiquinha rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Driftglassplease sign up. You are commenting using your Twitter account. There he encounters a variety of other societal misfits, some rriftglass whom turn out to be golden.

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And it’s even better, developing a r Well, these are great. 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.

Jun 09, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

This entry was posted on September 20, at 6: I am looking forward to reading his novel Nova next Sometimes veins work their way through in patterns like snowflakes, regular and geometric; others, irregular and angled like coral. He’s sustained some gruesome injuries.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please driftgllass up. They are given celany so they can live underwater, and then they engage in various undersea projects like laying electric cable. He frequently plumbs the most intimate thoughts of his characters. Sometimes chemicals in the glass react with chemicals in the ocean to change the color.

And what was up with the predicitons of worldwide computer networks in a story from “We, in some strange power’s employ, move on a rigorous line”and light-based computer memory and hopfield net reconstructions “High Weir” and “Time considered as a helix of semi-precious stones” He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between andas well as several prize-winning short stories collected in Driftglass [] and more recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories [].

He then moved to the English Department of Temple University inwhere he has been teaching since.

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. Preview — Driftglass by Samuel R. 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.


The tragic consequences that occur a day later suggest that such a transformation requires a surrender to the vagaries of Nature. Heinlein may have come up with the term himself, but there is one earlier citation: Human notions of beauty and transcendence are not necessarily concomitant.

Like Phillip Dick, this is sci-fi concerned with ideas and implications more than characters or even plots. 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 memories.


Mark rated it really liked it Aug 03, 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 here’s where these dates start to get especially interesting. This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development.

For Delaney, it’s more subtle and difficult: Great stories it took me a long time to get in the right mindset for.