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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An outing of mediocre short stories, with a few standouts. In the near future of this world, men and women are transformed by their government into modified amphibious human beings with gills, who traverse undersea depths at ease trying to install oil plants and such like structures deep down in the ocean.

Very disturbing, gothic, fantastical, moody, atmospheric and saturated with the madness of solipsism.

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As one other reviewer wrote here, one gets the sense that Delaney might be working out large ideas that he’d explore further in larger novels. Mursalin Khandaker rated it really liked it Mar 30, Human notions of beauty and transcendence drifrglass not necessarily concomitant.

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Feb 22, Austin rated it liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Delany’s aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany; Delany used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventures of his characters Delayn and Corry in the opening novella Atlantis: It is like something from Samuel Beckett that has been crossed with Borges. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No trivia or quizzes yet. He then moved to the English Department of Temple University inwhere he has been teaching since.



Durand Jones rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Transformation does not entail control. Delany’s style is incredibly poetic and yet has great momentum.

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It was originally commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s collection, “Dangerous Visions. I won’t spoil the ending, in case you want to read it. And it’s even better, developing a rather more complicated system of ideas about freedom and superceding constraints of place and world-view.

He’s sustained some gruesome injuries.

Mar 21, Steve rated it liked it. The great delant about Delany short stories is that the weird factor is a lot more manageable. That’s not necessarily a compliment. As one other reviewer wrote here, one gets the sense that D Dense, difficult, tightly wound and bursting with ideas, this collection of some of Samuel Delaney’s short fiction was rough going at times, but mostly rewarded the effort. Refresh and try again. Though like all good sci-fi, it reaches considerably beyond its genre, even as it toys with the tropes.


I cannot remember exactly how I came upon drkftglass book but I am so glad that I did because it introduced me to my favorite author and a world of science fiction that wasn’t just good in theory but legitimate reality as well.

These stories de,any fifty years old but they feel fresh and vigorous and pertinent. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn. Thoroughly enjoyed Life s a Series He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays. Recommended to Nate D by: In particular, exploring alienness, whether it be external or internal.

Except he would also seem to have only just arrived at Heavenly Breakfast in November ’66, posing something of a puzzle.

This entry was posted on September 20, at 6: They are given gills so they can live underwater, and then they engage in various undersea projects like laying electric cable. Otherwise, his prose is as evocative and compelling as any author in SF.

I enjoyed all of the stories but a few that really stood out for me were: Driftglass by Samuel R.