blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



Samuel R. Delany is the author of many science fiction novels, as well as critical studies of science fiction literature.  Among the latter are Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts and the Politics of the Paraliterary (1999), Longer Views:  Extended Essays (1996), and Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics:  A Collection of Written Interviews (1994), all from Wesleyan.  His novels include Babel 17/Empire Star (both first published in 1966 and reissued as a single book by Vintage, 2002), Nova (1968, reissued by Vintage, 2002), Dhalgren (1977, reissue by Vintage, 2001), The Mad Man (Masquerade, reissue 1994), Atlantis:  Three Tales (Wesleyan, 1993), and Driftglass: Ten Tales of Speculative Fiction (1970, reissued by New American Library, 1986).  Other works include 1984: Selected Letters (Voyant, 2002), Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (New York U, 1998), and The Motion of Light in Water:  Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1960-1965 (U of Minnesota, 1988).

Delany is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction. He is a recipient of the Pilgrim Award for outstanding scholarship in the field of science fiction studies and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to lesbian and gay literature. His scholarly interests include Walter Pater and the aesthetic movement, Hart Crane, and contemporary poetics, as well as questions of race, gender, queer studies, and literary theory. Delany has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (where he received the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Intellectual Service to the University) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is currently professor of English and creative writing at Temple University.