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A white southern airport loader tries to do a favor for a black northern child. The ordinary stuff of ordinary fiction--but with a difference!
These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given A father must come to terms with his son's death in the war. These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given gills to labor under the sea. Huge repair stations patrol the cables carrying power to the ends of the earth.
Telepathic and precocious children so passionately yearn to visit distant galaxies that they'll kill to go. Brilliantly crafted, beautifully written, these are Samuel Delany's award-winning stories, like no others before or since. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4.
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Jan 09, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: random-comments-review. The way Delany uses loneliness, the desire for companionship and sexual fetishes in this story make it groundbreaking. It is one of those stories you really should read to understand the development of the genre. If Ellison was looking for controversy, then that is exactly what he got with this story. I'm not surprised at all he made it the parting shot of the anthology. It is, there is no other way to put it, a brilliant piece of work.
Full Random Comments review I'm just reviewing the title story here and I don't Bible, so the title was kind of lost on me, and Wikipedia is refusing to help in a short and manageable way.
The structure is pretty oldschool, with a couple of characters thrown together randomly, expositing highfalutin sci fi concepts all over each other, which is fine for when it was written. There's a cool in medias res opening that sets the story up to be a little more complex than it actually is, and there's a more interesting s I'm just reviewing the title story here and There's a cool in medias res opening that sets the story up to be a little more complex than it actually is, and there's a more interesting subtext in which the eunuch-spaceman is trying to get the fetishizing terrestrian lady to pay him for Anyway, that sort of loose-ends weirdness modernises and complicates the whole thing a little further than the main concept allows for, which is okay.
Also Delany wrote an afterword in my version which just made everything more confusing and worse. Probably I'm just dumb, but I'm okay with that. View all 4 comments. Nov 15, Kate rated it really liked it. Strange and wonderful, like all Delany's writing.
Some of the later stories don't seem to fit with the earlier ones as well, which is why I'm giving four stars instead of five, although I immensely enjoyed all of them. Oct 25, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: levar-burton-reads , short-stories. In this particular story, an amphiman surgery has been developed that gives humans gills who was hurt in a deep-sea explosion in his youth now lives by the seaside in a village of fisherman.
Life goes on around him, and he is an integral part of village life, as dangerous work continues in the ocean trenches and he is worried about how it will affect his loved ones. I view this story as speculative fiction, for although it reads like magical realism now, it was written in so the author was speculating on what he thought might happen in the future, yet it has a timeless feel. Mar 20, Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it. Some thoughts on rereading the individual stories.
Still amazing though for a first published story. Corona: 2. Though this approach is developed much better in the other stories. Compact, beautiful, and intensely sad. The centerpiece of the collection in a lot of ways. It's interesting but I'm not sure the tone or form entirely work. Lots of potential and ideas that would have been great with some development, but this one just didn't work for me.
One of the only times I got the sense of him writing a story that just didn't suit his style. Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones: 1. Omegahelm: 2. Hints at Delany's later more theoretical writing. Fascinatingly different, though the resolution is so hetero and easy it just feels weird in Delany. The last few pages show an indication of his later concern in Neveryon with how developing societies function, but otherwise this one is kind of just pulp trash.
Another of the best stories in the collection, and Delany really hasn't written anything like this since. View 1 comment. Jan 26, Ben Woore rated it it was ok. I appreciate the themes this story tries to tackle, and the character interactions were generally fine, but the style of writing here was a major turn-off. While the conversations the protagonist has with the Frelk benefit from leaving things unsaid, the rest of the story gains little from applying the same tactics.
The story begins seemingly mid-sentence and plows right on ahead, switching location and time in a matter of short sentences, all while playing its cards very close to its chest. Thi I appreciate the themes this story tries to tackle, and the character interactions were generally fine, but the style of writing here was a major turn-off. This makes it difficult to get into right off the bat and even harder to follow.
There is almost no info-dumping here, which would be pleasant if the information was easy to glean from the rest of the text, but the degree to which I found myself rereading lines and dialogue just to understand what was going on was frustrating and ruined whatever flow might have been gained by writing with so little exposition to slow it down. It felt like starting about the fourth chapter into a fast-paced SF novel, except without the ability to start from chapter one and make sense of it all, and without the payoff that would come later in such a story.
It simply asks too much and gives too little to satisfy, personally. Oct 21, Leigh rated it liked it Shelves: genre-short-stories , , won-nebula-award , bought-at-green-valley , subject-queer , genre-sff , I wish I could give this 3. It grew on me drastically toward the end. Longer review later, hopefully, but for now: Favorite story: --"High Weir" unsurprisingly: reminiscent of some of my favorite Le Guin stories Also a big fan of: --"Driftglass" --"Dog in a Fisherman's Net" A pairing with interesting resonances.
Really liked some of the ideas but not all of the execution: --"Aye, and Gomorrah Read most of these stories in his earlier collection, Driftglass , and was wowed by the range and intensity of the pieces. The Nebula-winners are the ones that stand out in memory, but all of the stories are terrific and strange and wonderfully wrought. Jul 05, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction.
Mar 23, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: read-partially , storiesgraphicpoetryplays , , own. I went to a Samuel Delany reading in college. He's like the gay sci-fi Santa! GREAT reading voice.
“Aye, and Gomorrah…” by Samuel R. Delany
This story was first published in Dangerous Visions Doubleday, You can read an introduction to this week's story by Geoff Ryman here. Then climbed out, and down to the square in front of St. Sulpice where Bo tried to knock me into the fountain. At which point Kelly noticed what was going on around us, got an ashcan cover, and ran into the pissoir, banging the walls. Five guys scooted out; even a big pissoir only holds four. A very blond man put his hand on my arm and smiled, "Don't you think, Spacer, that you.
Aye, and Gomorrah // Sense8
Delaney, is narrated in first person in the voice of a Spacer. Spacers are androgynous people who were neutered at puberty so that they can work in space without facing the harmful effects of the radiation. This renders them unable to have sex. Although Spacers do important work for the government and are superficially respected by the citizens, they do not really belong to any place and are often asked to leave.