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This was amazing. I read it almost 20 years ago. Tell me, did the g-d sequel ever come out?!? On the last page he writes that "Stars" is the first novel in a planned diptych, that volume 2 "The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities" will be out in the next year or two. Then I never, ever saw that second book. Did it ever happen?

Samuel Delany is a genius. But I don't see his work appealing to a hard-sf / Ben Bova fan. Semiotics is not exactly on a par with must other "hard" sciences in hard sf. And I can't exactly give Delany's work high marks for "readability". A nice place to start with Delany might be the short-story collection "Driftglass" from the late 60s / early 70s. This has some wonderful stuff in it, very much in the tradition of the 1960s "new wave" of science fiction.


jh21045,

I'm not sure I agree that Delany isn't exactly hard Sci fi, but there is already a thread going on about that. I will admit that he won't necessarily appeal to a Ben Bova fan, but I like 'em both so what the heck.

Delany is definitely a hard read. There is real depth to his work and he treats a paragraph like a painting. He's worth the effort and I totally agree that he is a genius. I never heard of "Driftglass" but I'll see if I can find it. I think I'll take a pass on the gay porno stuff 'tho (Not that there's anything wrong with that, as Mr. Seinfeld might say :-}

Thanks for the book suggestion,
l1soul
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