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Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova, Dhalgren (his best selling and most controversial novel), and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. He also wrote the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series, which includes the first novel written about AIDS (The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals [1984], currently contained in the third volume Flight from Nevèrÿon) from a major American publisher. His short science fiction tales are collected in Aye and Gomorrah, and Other Stories. He's also the author of Atlantis: Three Tales. His non-sf novel Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award for 2008. For eleven years, he taught Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, then for two years in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, and Creative Writing and English for fifteen years at Temple University in Philadelphia until his retirement in 2015. He was born in New York City on April 1, 1942. His family owned a mortuary in Harlem. His autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water, also received a Hugo Award, and his nonfiction study, Times Square Red/Times Square Blue, has been widely taught at universities across the country. Delany's first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was finished and sold when he was nineteen and published when he was twenty. By age 26, he had won four Nebula Awards. In 1967, briefly he explored a career as a musician with the band Heavenly Breakfast. When he returned to science fiction in 1970, his books became more intellectually challenging. Dhalgren was followed by Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia in 1976. It was nominated for a Nebula Award (1976) and shortlisted for a retrospective James Tiptree Jr. Award (1995). He gave the keynote addresses at the 1991 International Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference and at the 1993 Outwrite convention. As a child, he was reportedly fascinated with math and science as well as books, theatre, and music. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia with his life-partner Dennis Rickett. His most recent sf short story is “The Hermit of Houston” in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His short novel The Atheist in the Attic will appear in February from PM Press. Samuel Delany is the subject of the documentary The Polymath, by Fred Barney Taylor. He is also the author of a number of nonfiction volumes of essays on science fiction and literature, all of which remain in print, for which you can consult his Wiki page. All of his friends call him Chip, and he invites you all to do the same.