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Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic, Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R. “Chip” Delany. Award-winning SF luminaries such as Michael Swanwick, Nalo Hopkinson, and Eileen Gunn contribute original fiction and creative nonfiction. From surrealistic visions of bucolic road trips to erotic transgress ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by Rosarium Publishing (first published July 1st 2015)
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-sf
Stories for Chip is a collection of fiction and essays in honor of Samuel Delany. Two ways of approaching this review suggest themselves.

1. Since I have read only two Delany novels and would place neither on my favorite list, I could humbly remove myself from making further comment.
2. I could consider my relative lack of first hand experience of Delany’s work as a plus when it comes to considering the stories anthologized here strictly on their own merits.

Obviously I am going to go with the seco
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Publishing since the age of twenty, Samuel R. Delany is a highly respected novelist and literary critic alike. Familiarly known as “Chip”, Delany has written science fiction and fantasy (SFF) known for pushing boundaries, for challenging the notions of speculative genres, and experimenting with approaches to literature in general. Delany’s writing both subverts conventions and transcends fiction to explore social realities, most notably the existence of the Other. Indeed, as a man who could be d ...more
Morgan Dhu
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel Delany, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell, since I first heard it was in the pipeline, for a very personal reason. Delany was one of the first authors - not just of science fiction, but of any genre - who wrote books that crawled inside my brain and stayed there. There are others - Suzette Haden Elgin and Naomi Mitchison among them - but I can honestly say that simply reading Babel-17 was such a world-alteri ...more
Clare O'Beara
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, short-stories
"His screams are lost in a cacophony of cyclonic arpeggios." There's a lot of that sort of sentence in this collection of shorts by various writers.

There are also a few essays on being a black person who reads and writes SF, in which works by the black Delaney are analysed to pieces. Among comments are that editor John W Campbell was racist, anti-women and anti-Zionist, which wouldn't have occurred to me given that he published Asimov. One writer claims that his college writing tutor belittled
Dan'l Danehy-oakes
Aug 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
After several years of hesitation I finally got around to picking this up, and I can't say that I'm sorry I did. It's a difficult book, but difficult in as many ways as there are stories. The only things I would really call any kind of easy reading are the Introduction by Kim Stanley Robinson, and "On My First Reading of _The Einstein Intersection_", by Michael Swanwick - two of the four definitely non-fictoin pieces in the book..

In case it isn't obvious from the title, the book is a _festschrif
"Delany was instrumental in supporting the decolonization of my imagination, truly the most dangerous and subversive decolonization process, for once it has started, there are no limits on what can been visioned. This type of science fiction/speculative fiction,“visionary fiction”- as opposed to mainstream SF that reinforces dominant paradigms of power and oppression – is the foundation of my work now, thanks to visionaries like Delany, Butler, Due, and many others."

– 'Samuel Delany and Visionar
Greg Hullender
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
A disappointing collection of short stories by authors inspired by Samuel R. Delany. I've always been a big fan of Samuel Delany, so when I saw that other reviewers had recommended a few stories from this volume, I was eager to read it. My first disappointment was that out of 33 stories, only 21 are new fiction. The rest are either reprints (some as old as 1968) and/or non-fiction. I only read the 21 new stories, so my review only addresses those.

Only 19 of the 21 have any speculative element. I
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I had read and enjoyed some of Samuel R. Delaney's work, but I was woefully ignorant of his personal details and impact on the field. But no longer!

The short stories in this book were all over the place (the essays were generally of a kind), but in a good way. A huge diversity of different styles and foci, yet you could see why they were included. There were a few duds, but overall this is a great anthology with some truly unique and challenging reads.

My biggest complaint: that some of them are
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very eclectic collection of stories. This earns its way as a tribute to Sam D..
Ernest Hogan
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Praise for Delany. Nostalgia for the New Wave. Rumblings of a new one. I'm proud to have a story in this anthology.
Tracie McBride
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Disclosure: I received an electronic review copy via NetGalley.)
As the blurb says, the short works within Stories for Chip cover a wide scope of styles, sub-genres and themes, whilst staying true to the overall vision. You'll find everything from erotic horror to space drama to chilling dystopias to non-specfic slices of life. The essays range from scholarly to deeply personal.

Standout favourite for me is the first story, Billy Tumult by Nick Harkaway. It's fun, clever and inventive. I also par
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Stories for Chip is mix of 33 pieces, some are fiction and others are nonfiction. Unfortunately there wasn’t an introductory essay explaining the rationale for the pieces chosen nor for the organization of the book. Perhaps this will be added in a later release of the book, I do not know. As I read the book I felt jolted from one story, one experience to the next. However that is what is most outstanding about this book. There is a fabulous diversity of writers and modes of expression – this gro ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 1/2 stars

So, a confession. I haven't finished any Delany. Yet. I've been meaning to, and I will, but I just haven't gotten to it yet. But when I saw this collection and some of the authors that contributed, I was very interested. It's a really interesting collection, and I really liked most of the stories. However, I didn't care as much for the creative nonfiction that was interspersed among them. Overall, this was a very good col
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
There were a handful of stories which were worth the time, but not NEARLY enough.
Berta Kleiner
Uneven. I bought this book because it contains <> by Kai Ashante Wilson.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Most of the stories were just not my cup of tea. I haven't read more than a few of Delany's novels, and that was long ago. I found them dense and convoluted but also charged with his particular genius. Most of these were also convoluted, to the point where I skipped over some after just a few pages. I did like some, and some of the essays. ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Some science fiction short stories, not worth reading to find out.
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was quite interesting but a tad too academic for my taste at times.
Thistle & Verse
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I'm not a Samuel R. Delany connoisseur, and at the time of writing this, I've only read 2 of his novels. The stories pay homage either through the style, featuring Delany or a Delany stand-in, or making allusions to Delany's writing. I really enjoyed all the essays, and those were the highlights of the collection for me. My favorite stories were Holding Hands with Monsters by Haralambi Markov and Heart of Brass by Alex Jennings. They're both brutal and surprising. This is a very dense anthology ...more
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Nisi Shawl is a founder of the diversity-in-speculative-fiction nonprofit the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Her story collection Filter House was a winner of the 2009 Tiptree/Otherwise Award, and her debut novel, Everfair, was a 2016 Nebula finalist. Shawl edited Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars (2013). She ...more

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