Samuel R. Delany

Mark Jerng (University of California, Davis)
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Samuel R. Delany was first heralded as a science fiction writer in the mid-1960s, punctuated by Nebula Awards in 1966 and 1967, and Hugo Award nominations in 1967, 1968, and 1969. In 1975, his eagerly awaited novel,


, met with tremendous commercial success (over a million copies have sold to date), and both critical approbation and disdain. He continued publishing major works recognized in science fiction such as


(1976) and

Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

(1984), while simultaneously building a reputation as one of the most sophisticated theorists of science fiction and the literary field with the landmark essay “About 5750 Words” and various collections of critical essays, including

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw


, The American Shore

(1978), and

Starboard Wine

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Citation: Jerng, Mark. "Samuel R. Delany". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 January 2014 [, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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