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 20, Carl rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps because they’re dense not so much with plot as with warm and involving character.

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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. Feb 22, Austin rated it liked it Shelves: But, eventually, eelany fell somewhere in the library and I got involved in reading other things.


Sometimes, I just wish he wanted to. Here are the titles of the stories in this collection: I won’t spoil the ending, in case you want to read it. Star Pit dgiftglass Driftglass were great! In the world of this story, some humans, before driftglasd, elect to join an aquatic corps, where they are biologically modified.

I loved both Corona and Driftglass as drifgglass as Star Pitt. 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.


Like most 60s Delany it’s as idea-driven as it is entertaining. Put them in water and they become transparent again. I only read three of the stories before sending it back to the library, but I would totally pick it up again.

They break, and the tide pulls the pieces back and forth over the sandy bottom, wearing the edges, changing their shape. Rooted in the present, projected into the future, it is an existence where anything can happen—and does!

Mar 01, Ubik 2. Transformation does not entail control. Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of Knowing Delany is one of very few African-American SF writers, its hard not to draw a parallel with the black experience in America.

This site uses cookies. So far I’ve read two stories in this book: Sometimes veins work their way through in patterns like snowflakes, regular and geometric; others, irregular and angled like coral. And whites by-and-large must have seemed as callous toward blacks as golden toward normal humans in the story.

I love how the story combines the sensibilities of Steinbeck with science fiction, but it is told with Delany’s unique voice and vision.

Bill rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Notify me of new comments via email. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. That is not to say they are connected stories in fact, there is little linking them except some themes and the author but, as a whole they explore similar subjects. However, Delanys language and habit of throwing you drifthlass in to the plot can make the stories hard to penetrate.


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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. Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series Oct 13, Matus rated it it was amazing. And now I realize he didn’t really write that much short fiction. I would definitely give this or Babel to someone as their first introduction to Delany, since they’re both more digestible than Triton or, god forbid, Dhalgren.

Fletcher rated it really liked it Feb 04, 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.

That sense of opacity of writing comes up a lot in the book. However, seeing beauty in such things is a tragically human initiative, not conducive to Nature and what Nature might have in store for us.