From Ganymede to Gomorrah, a bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies Far beneath the surface of the planet earth, a doomed architect lives out the rest of his years in a hideous life-sustaining coffin And in a remote outpost near Canada, a lone cluster of Hell's Angels prepare for the final battle with a society which demands that all men share in the good life This is the universe of Samuel R. Rooted in the present, projected into the future, it is an existence where anything can happen—and does! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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From Ganymede to Gomorrah, a bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies Far beneath the surface of the planet earth, a doomed architect lives out the rest of his years in a hideous life-sustaining coffin And in a remote outpost near Canada, a lone cluster of Hell's Angels prepare for the final battle with a society which demands that all men share in the good life This is the universe of Samuel R.
Rooted in the present, projected into the future, it is an existence where anything can happen—and does! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Driftglass by Samuel R. Driftglass by Samuel R. An Why? Get A Copy. Paperback , Signet Q , pages. Published November 1st by Roc first published July More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Driftglass , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Driftglass. Recommended to Nate D by: hell's angels and electrical demons. Shelves: favorites , sci-fi , read-in , stories. Well, these are great. Delany didn't write a lot of stories -- preferring, apparently, the longer form -- but when he did, they're unsurprisingly excellent.
The Star Pit NYC, Oct So apparently immediately after writing the exuberantly entertaining interstellar fairytale Empire Star in something like 10 days in order to finance a trip to Europe, before even getting to leave, Delany sat down and wrote this one, another novella of nearly Empire Star length.
And it's even better, developing a r Well, these are great. And it's even better, developing a rather more complicated system of ideas about freedom and superceding constraints of place and world-view. Specifically, it's about that need to get out of your small home town and limited perspective, but stretched from an opening image of an ant-farm to intergalactic-scale problems and beyond. Actually, a similar theme to Empire Star's, but elaborated in a different sort of series of nested layers, kept endlessly readable with various intrigues and plot twists, Delanian unconventional family groups a kind of pre-echo of the commune he later lived in and wrote about in Heavenly Breakfast , a junkie telepath projecting her withdrawal onto those around her.
Like most 60s Delany it's as idea-driven as it is entertaining. In November , Delany turned "The Star Pit" into a two hour radio drama, in which he starred, and which was broadcast annually in New York for a decade. To track down. Along with his apparent film work, see the detailed chronology here. Dog in a Fisherman's Net Mykonos, Jan And then Delany writing in Europe on that trip, here in and about the Greek isles, in a surprising realist mode concerning itself with certain tensions between Greek Orthodoxy in town life and the pagan rites and idols of the shepards in the hills.
Oh, and some more about provincialism and perspective. While he was out there seeking to broaden his own. Perhaps because they're dense not so much with plot as with warm and involving character. Granted, The Star Pit has a pretty dense plot, too. 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. It's an oddly grim and affecting vision of what ESP could mean.
The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn. The first deals with the new gender identity of young astronauts, and its cultural fallout, spun in an exhilarating swirl of places and vividly half-described incidents. The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the life of one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and quietly tragic.
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. November , of course, falls during Delany's stay in the Heavenly Breakfast commune in the East Village, and it shows. He marks an incident that particularly stuck with him: an encounter with a kind of biker gang squat elsewhere in the Village.
This encounter would seem to be the clear antecedent to the outsider gangs featured both here and in much great depth in Dhalgren.
Except he would also seem to have only just arrived at Heavenly Breakfast in November '66, posing something of a puzzle. Had his interest in this sort of counter culture already been so piqued before even encountering such? As for what was going on in Rifton , I'm sure I could pinpoint it as well if I go find my copy of Heavenly Breakfast I recall several trips upstate. It's a quick one, and fun. Conveyed entirely via the disembodied dialogue of characters who can't actually see eachother, in dystopian future-prison, which Venetian digressions.
As such, kinda redundant. I think part of my love for Delany is his recurring focus on outsiders. This is a longer one and it benefits from the greater development. Night and the Loves of Joe Dicostanzo New York, October And ending in a rapid, scintillation of strange plot points, seemingly on the subject of the uncertainty uncontrollability?
Maybe the "craziest" selection of the bunch, but still affecting in its odd way. Brilliant first sentence: "She was weeping, banally, in the moonlight. Though like all good sci-fi, it reaches considerably beyond its genre, even as it toys with the tropes. May 06, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , shelf.
Only read a single story here out of curiosity, the second one actually named Driftglass. It wasn't particularly great, just some disfigurement. Maybe I'll come back later. View 2 comments. Delany is, after all, one of my favourite authors. I rarely re-read books but when I saw this in a charity shop I bought it and began reading. 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.
To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. Stories that I recall as only being fairly good 'The Star Pit', 'Dog in a Fisherman's Net', 'Driftglass' turned out to be brilliant; stories I recall as being brilliant 'Night and the Loves of Joe Diconstanzo' turned out to be nearly perfect; and even the few stories I recall as not liking very much 'High Weir', 'Corona' turned out to be ingenious, entertaining and utterly worthwhile.
These stories are fifty years old but they feel fresh and vigorous and pertinent. Delany was far ahead of his time, not so much with the nuts and bolts engineering aspects but with the social insights, the attitudes to questions of gender, sexuality, culture. And in fact even the engineering aspects hold up well. The manned intergalactic spaceflights come across as allegorical and symbolic more than crusty and redundant, and there are many plenty of examples a prefiguration of the internet in 'We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line' where Delany was more advanced than most of his 'hard SF' contemporaries.
It is like something from Samuel Beckett that has been crossed with Borges. Very disturbing, gothic, fantastical, moody, atmospheric and saturated with the madness of solipsism. One of the best short stories I have ever read in any genre. Delany's style is incredibly poetic and yet has great momentum. I am looking forward to reading his novel Nova next Nov 12, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: short-freebie. Story was ok. The place, time and characters were real and present, the plot made sense and the reading was awesome, as it is with Mr, Burton.
So 3, middle of the road, stars. Not bad and definitely worth the listen.
Driftglass by Delany
And a Happy New Year to you all, of course! The brainchild of the Little Red Reviewer, Andrea, you can find out more about this not-a-challenge here , but in brief, January is the month to read any scifi written before you were born. So I felt pretty lucky when this copy of Driftglass was donated along with a whole bunch of vintage scifi to the library. Too old to go on the shelves the binding split in my hands when I opened it up , we put it into the booksale, from which I bought it. And yeah, the talk is justified. As with any collection of stories by a single author, there is some repetition of ideas and images, but not much. This last seemed appropriate to the stories he tells however, because Delany writes about the ordinary working people of the future: the mechanics, the people laying power cables, the spaceport workers, the people using their hands.
Post a Comment. Saturday, September 20, Driftglass, by Samuel R. In that story, humans have to adapt to a ocean planet by becoming something more than human, but if I remember correctly certain basic human drives remain consistent, such as the need to know what lies beyond the world of comprehension. It features an exotic locale and plenty of vividly imagined creatures, and the undersea setting and the microscopic nature of the neo-humans make it a memorable science fiction story, intended to invoke the sacred sense of wonder.