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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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He meets a young girl who’s in the aqua corps; he also meets another corps member delwny is being sent to perform the same deadly job where he sustained his injuries. The Star Pit This story pretty much hits you right in the nose with its theme, which is our reaction to human limitations.

Mursalin Khandaker rated it really liked it Mar 30, Along with his apparent film work, see the detailed chronology here. Too many of the short stories started in the middle, never really had a firm delant and were stuffed full of extraneous cheddar cheese. The latter concerns a new and drastic career move, and the life of one barred from it by chance disaster, poetic and delqny tragic.

The film debuted on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Mar 21, Steve rated it liked it. Delany is, after all, one of my favourite authors.

The balancing character opposite this child, having suffered all-too-believably-ordinary damage from an uncaring system, manages to be equally well-drawn. And as inventive as “Night and the Loves of Joe DiCostanzo” was, it was infuriatingly opaque, like someone trying to tell you about a very personal selany they had.

Sometimes chemicals in the glass react with chemicals in the ocean to change the color. This is emphasized by the ugly covering of black silica on the skin of the aquamen who are brought in after the accident out at sea, by the end of the novel, mirroring the protagonist’s fate.


Overall, the stories were enjoyable, with only one or two that left me scratching my head or flipping ahead. Vyme lives at the Star Pit, a waystation on the edge of the galaxy, compelled to push the limits of his containment. In the world of this story, some humans, before adolescence, elect to join an aquatic corps, where de,any are biologically modified.

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Oct 24, PSXtreme rated it it was ok. When the pieces dry, they’re milky. That is not to say they are connected stories in fact, there is little linking them except some droftglass and the author but, as a whole they explore similar subjects. Liam rated it liked it Jul 06, This encounter would seem to be the clear antecedent to the outsider gangs featured both here and in much great depth in Dhalgren.

Sep 11, Eoinda rated it really liked it Shelves: These stories are fifty years old but they feel fresh and vigorous and pertinent. Only a limited few, known as goldenhave the psychological make-up needed to survive travel to other galaxies. To my surprise, I actually found I liked them more on a second reading. These stories were originally published in a four-year period from to Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

That came in handy because acclimating to every story is a two or three page process for me, so I always ended up having to double back to make sure I knew everything that was happening before I continued on.

He was born driftglasx a prominent black family on April 1,and raised in Harlem. I read a facsimile of the Signet edition. Notify me of new comments via email. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Driftglass by Samuel R.



Posted by Tito at 8: May 06, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: There he encounters a variety of other societal misfits, some of whom turn out to be golden. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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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 Well, these are great. I won’t spoil the ending, in case you want to read it. Books by Samuel R. Put them in water and they become transparent again.

What is obvious gains a new significance in a science fictional treatment, and the emphasis on ‘ordinary’ men and women only seeks to heighten such an understanding.

The ultimate loners, often subjected to further trauma by the government to make sure they are space-ready. I am looking forward to reading his novel Nova next Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in I only read Driftglass btw.

And what was up with the predicitons of worldwide computer networks in a story from “We, in some strange power’s employ, move on a rigorous line”and light-based computer memory and hopfield net reconstructions “High Weir” and “Time considered as a helix of semi-precious stones” Not very enjoyable and difficult to read.

Sometimes veins work their way through in patterns like snowflakes, regular and geometric; others, irregular and angled driftglasa coral.