Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

Babel-17 concerns an alien invasion attempt but that doesn’t really matter.  Samuel R. Delany’s main concern in Babel-17 is language.  What is the future of language?  How might exposure to alien language’s affect us. As a sub-plot, or sub-concern, there is a question of what my sexuality look like in the future something Delany has often been interested in. He has some intriguing ideas. Babel-17 features a … Continue reading Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, like the city where the novel is set, is a great, shambling mess of a novel, a true baggy-pants monster of a book. As the novel opens, the unnamed hero finds himself on the road to the deserted city of Bellona. He has lost most of his memory; he does not know where he comes from nor why he is … Continue reading Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany

Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany really got under my skin. The book is a series of three novellas that work together but could each stand on their own. They all feature Arnold Hawley, a gay, African American poet who’s never made it big and just manages to get by on his salary as a adjunct professor in New York City. He’s never been in … Continue reading Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany