Samuel R. Delaney Birthday (April 1st)

Samuel R. Delaney Birthday (April 1st)

Samuel R. Delaney is one of America’s most prominent and prolific post-modern science fiction writers.

Samuel R. Delaney Personal Information:

Born on 1 April, 1942 to a black family, Samuel R. Delaney is now 65 and lives in New York and continues to churn out critically acclaimed works. He realized sexual orientation towards men at a very young age and many of his works bear testimony to his experiences as a gay writer. In school, He had an aptitude for science and math- an interest which inspired him for his science fictional creations. After a failed marriage with a poetess Marilyn Hacker,He chose to live alone. He also has a daughter with Marilyn.

Samuel R. Delaney Professional Achievements:

Samuel R. Delaney had his first science fiction piece published at a tender age of twenty. Since then he has authored many anthologies, literary essays, novels, series, auto-biographical accounts and short stories, criticisms, creative non-fiction and erotica. Currently, he is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University, Philadelphia. Between 1999 and 2001, he was a professor in the Department of English of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before arriving to New York, for ten years he also taught Comparative Literature in The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Most of his works have been nominated for literary awards and some like Babel-17 (1966), The Einstein Intersection (1967), ``Aye, and Gomorrah'' (1967), "Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones'' (1969), "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones'' (1970) and The Motion of Light in Water (1989) have been honored with prestigious literary awards. Some of his works like “Trouble on Triton” and “Neveryóna” have been recommended as part of academic curricula and reading. His recent work “Times Square Red” (1999) dwells upon his personal experiences in New York City and has invited a lot of criticism and controversy.

Unique characteristics:

Each author has a distinct style which is a reflection of his persona and identity.

Some noticeable characteristics in Samuel Delaney’s work are:

  • Queer, idiosyncratic characters crafted with intricate detail.
  • Extensive use of imagery like jewels mirrors and glass.
  • Provocative expressions, underlying sexual connotations and trademark phrases.
  • Thematic use of mythology, language and social status in some of his works.