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In Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, what catastrophe befell the city of Bellona?

Sci-fi grandmaster Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren became his most commercially successful endeavor. First published in January, 1975 by Bantam, Dhalgren has sometimes been described as an experimental ...
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Are there reliable sources for the influence of Babel-17 on other SF using strong Sapir–Whorf?

In the novel Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany, the "Invaders" construct an artificial language which renders anyone who learns it into an almost robotic ally of the Invaders. This is obviously ...
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Do the events in Empire Star happen only once, the same way over and over, or slightly differently in different iterations?

(Note: I was going to ask "Is Empire Star simplex, complex, or multiplex?" but thought better of it.) After what must be the single most transportative hook in all of Science Fiction, Samuel ...
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Authorship of "The Dying Castles"

Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories is an anthology of the majority of Samuel R. Delany's short works. According to the Wikipedia article one of the few items not included is: a page-long prose poem,...
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Was there any special reason why Samuel Delany’s The Star-Pit Radio Play Adaptation was played on radio at Thanksgiving for more than a decade?

Samuel Delany’s first published short story was The Star-Pit and ran in the February 1967 issue of Worlds of Tomorrow. Arguably considered the best science fiction story of 1967, Black Gate noted the ...
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Are the Poems of Rydra Wong in Babel-17 based on the real works of Marilyn Hacker?

In the novel Babel-17 the protagonist Rydra Wong is both a space captain and a poet. I have seen it asserted that Wong's poems are to some extent based on those of Marilyn Hacker. Hacker was married ...
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Why does the Kid wear only one sandal?

The protagonist of Dhalgren, Delany's 1974 novel, is a man who cannot remember his own name, and is only referred to as "Kid" (or sometimes "Kidd" or "The Kid"). ...
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In Samuel R. Delany’s Flight from Nevèrÿon, is its NYC intended to be a fictionalized version of the city?

Sci-fi grandmaster Samuel R. Delany wrote his ambitious four-volume sword-and-sorcery Return to Nevèrÿon series beginning in 1978, with the first volume, Tales of Nevèrÿon. Volumes one and two were ...