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Preview — Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
The only survivor plucked from a world where life has been burned out from horizon to horizon, Rat Korga is a very unusual human. On his own world he was subjected to Radical Anxiety Termination-a synapse-jamming technique banned on many planets.
Now the officials of the Web must find a new world for him. Their first choice is the planet Velm: a world on which humans co-ex...more
Boy, was I wrong.
It's turgid, it's obfuscatory, and it's mutton dressed up as lamb.
"Cut through the galaxy's glitter; slice away all night. What thoughts did I dole out to that world (out of the six thousand, which, according t ...more
I know, I know. But this book didn't do anything for me, if anything it just made me angry.
Well maybe that is because you are a white heterosexual male and you deserve to be made uncomfortable about the part you have played in the oppression of women and colonial peoples.
Yeah, I guess so. I guess I just don't see what the point of writing ...more
Once upon a time (around 1986 or 1987?), I had an opportunity to meet Samuel R. Delany at an ALA or ABA [now BookExpo]. Taking advantage of my position as a buyer for a large book distributor, I monopolized some of his time in the Bantam booth while he waited to do a signing—something that is surely tedious for many authors, some of whom will seek diversion with anyone willing to talk with him or her. In our brief discussion, I remember him most for being surprised at his students’ reluctance to...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You ...more
The answer is, yes! He does. Someone has to.
Get off your lackadaisical bum, you shoddy reader you, and expect something more from yourself and the writer. Stop kowtowing to the school of thought that indicates, "a simple word instead of an esoteric one." What the hell are all the rest of the words in the dictionary for? Why have com ...more
Samuel R. Delany is an interesting author for someone like me to ...more
Samuel R. Delany joins this list. The main protag ...more
I have not slogged through a more difficult read since Gene Wolfe's lictor/new sun saga, and I didn't get the payoff from this that I did from them.
If this is the "masterpiece" that the cover blurb claims, I'm afraid it is one that passed right over the top of my li'l pumpkin head. As a character novel, it failed me: I never connected with narrator Marq Dyeth and was never supposed to grasp he cipher Rat Korga. As a plot novel, it failed me: it too ...more
In the opening scenario of this book, a scientist is offering to give a man minor brain damage so that he will be happy. And a slave. He will be happy and unquestioning in his slave-tasks. It seems like a pretty obvious metaphor for psychiatric medicine. It instantly offers things to say that seem relevant and prescient to 2020. The man doesn't believe in other countries. Three times more women have this dumb-ifying procedure than men. The story follows the man after the procedure, and ...more
From the afterword:
"Moreover, I think that any time when there was such a notion of a centered subject, especially when related to the white, western, patriarchal nuclear family, not only was it an ideological mirage, it was a mirage that necessarily grew up to mask the psychological, economic, and material oppress ...more
As I did expect, it is fantastical and ironic. But it is not light comedy. It is a story contrived to reflect on complicated, unresolved philosophical ques ...more
1.5 stars at best. ...more
In the end I feel as through the reader is opened up to layers and layers of information and lore, but that honestly goes nowhere? In the end the importance of all of that is left uncultivated.
The plot isn't the point. The setting isn't the point. The people are the point. Don't read this looking for an Earth shattering story. Or a truly unique setting. Or a prediction of humanity's futur ...more
Samuel "Chip" Delany is one of the ...more
All is not as it seems, as one might expect from Delany, ho ...more