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Delany has a grasp of the evolutionary nature of mythology, a subtle comic touch, and a lyric sense of the outsider making his unorthodox way in the world--or worlds--that give his work a dimension unusual...
Paperback, 354 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by iBooks (first published 1981)
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Jan 20, 2008 John rated it really liked it
This was my first Delany book, and it left me pretty impressed. The first few stories in this collection, namely "Prismatica", "Corona", and "Empire Star" (really a novella) would have been off-putting for their slick cleverness if the prose and the imagination behind the prose weren't so damn good.

My favorite stories, strangely, tended to be the ones with the longest, strangest names: "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", and, especially, "We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Mo
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Aug 04, 2014 E.S. Wynn rated it really liked it
Delany is a killer writer, but this felt like kind of a mish-mash of stories that couldn't be more "distant" from one another in subject or style. It was like a sampler, and I suppose that's alright, but I didn't feel that was how this book was billed.
Also, whoever did the editing on this book missed an atrocious number of simple errors.
Apr 06, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
The important thing about this book is not the stories themselves, which are also collected with others in the more readily available "Aye and Gomorrah" and Other Stories, but Delany's introduction to it, in which he talks about his writing process. This book also has some illustrations for the stories, most of which are low quality.
The first Samuel Delany book I ever bought. He is an amazing writer.
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Samuel Ray Delany, also known as "Chip," is an award-winning American science fiction author. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy & Delany Funeral Home, on 7t ...more
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