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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: As a prose writer, I work with language; and those who work with language turn As a prose writer, I work with language; and those who work with language turn to poetry for renewal. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: stupidity: a process, not a state. A human being takes in far more information than stupidity: a process, not a state. A human being takes in far more information than he or she can put out. "Stupidity" is a process or strategy by which a human, in response to social denigration of the information she or he puts out, commits him or herself to taking in no more information than she or he can put out. (Not to be confused with ignorance, or lack of data.) Since such a situation is impossible to achieve because of the nature of mind/perception itself in its relation to the functioning body, a continuing downward spiral of functionality and/or informative dissemination results,' and he understood why! 'The process, however, can be reversed,' the voice continued, 'at any time. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Topologically, men and women are identical. Some things are just larger and more developed in Topologically, men and women are identical. Some things are just larger and more developed in one than the other and positioned differently. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: 'You spin in the sky, the world spins under you, and you step from land 'You spin in the sky, the world spins under you, and you step from land to land, while we ... ' She turned her head right, left, and her black hair curled and uncurled on the shoulder of her coat. 'We have our dull, circled lives, bound in gravity, worshiping you!' — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The miracle of order has run out and I am left in an unmiraculous city The miracle of order has run out and I am left in an unmiraculous city where anything may happen. I don't need more intimations of disorder. It has to be more than that! Search the smoke for the fire's base. Read from the coals neither success nor despair. This edge of boredom is as bright. I pass it, into the dark rim. There is the deceiving warmth that asks nothing. There are objects lost in double-light. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: To be sure, the Road of Excess leads to the Palace of Wisdom, even when To be sure, the Road of Excess leads to the Palace of Wisdom, even when it takes you through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. Just watch out for parasites. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: He stopped, because he wasn't sure what Cryptography had established, and because he needed another He stopped, because he wasn't sure what Cryptography had established, and because he needed another moment to haul himself down from the ledges of her high cheekbones, to retreat from the caves of her eyes. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: You meet a new person, you go with him and suddenly you get a whole You meet a new person, you go with him and suddenly you get a whole new city ... you go down new streets, you see houses you never saw before, pass places you didn't even know were there. Everything changes. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The yellow eyes had fallen from the tired star. Lorq's face erupted about the scar The yellow eyes had fallen from the tired star. Lorq's face erupted about the scar at some antic from the Mouse that Katin had missed.
Rage, Katin pondered. Rage. Yes, he is laughing. But how is anyone supposed to distinguish between laughter and rage in that face?
But the others were laughing too.
Yet some way, somehow, we do. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: How true,' returned the measured, featureless voice. 'I would chuckle in amused agreement, but the How true,' returned the measured, featureless voice. 'I would chuckle in amused agreement, but the laughter switches of my translator have been malfunctioning for the past six hours. You understand.'

'Certainly,' I said. And somehow felt much more comfortable. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I'm not about either entertaining or instructing. The entertaining and instructing are secondary fallout from I'm not about either entertaining or instructing. The entertaining and instructing are secondary fallout from the fundamental thing, which is basically to create an aesthetic object. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I suppose the problem ... is that we have an inside and an outside. We've I suppose the problem ... is that we have an inside and an outside. We've got problems both places, but it's so hard to tell where the one stops and the other takes up. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I think of myself as someone who thinks largely through writing. Thus I write more I think of myself as someone who thinks largely through writing. Thus I write more than most people, and I write in many different forms. I think of myself as the kind of person who writes, rather than as one kind of writer or another. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The particular verbal freedom of SF, coupled with the corrective process that allows the whole The particular verbal freedom of SF, coupled with the corrective process that allows the whole range of the physically explainable universe, can produce the most violent leaps of imagery. For not only does it throw us worlds away, it specifies how we got there. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I looked out the window at walls of moonlit cloud rising beside us as though I looked out the window at walls of moonlit cloud rising beside us as though we we were at the bottom of some, gray and ivory canyon, hung above the moon-smashed sea ...
But, with whatever hindsight, I suppose the reason that I want to close on a consideration of these words is that the moon-solid progress through high, drifting cumulus is - read them again - at the very opposite of what we perceive on a liquid's tilting and untilting top, and so becomes the other privileged pole among the images of this study, this essay, this memoir.
Or perhaps, as it is only a clause whose syntactic place has been questioned by my own unscholarly researches, I merely want to fix it before it vanishes like water, like light, like the play between them we only suggest, but never master, with the word motion. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: In the arts, people are always waiting for someone or some movement to "fulfill her/its/his In the arts, people are always waiting for someone or some movement to "fulfill her/its/his promise." Then, half-a-dozen or a dozen years on, others begin to realize that, really, something extraordinary was actually happening. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: How we treat our invalids - our mad, our physically or mentally compromised family members How we treat our invalids - our mad, our physically or mentally compromised family members - does tell you something about who we are politically, historically, culturally. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: To live within the tethers of desire is - again and again - to be To live within the tethers of desire is - again and again - to be shocked at how far they have come loose from reason — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Bitch, on that world, was what men called women they were extremely fond of or Bitch, on that world, was what men called women they were extremely fond of or extremely displeased with when the woman was not there. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Many of the early greats of sf - Hugo Gernsback (publisher of Amazing Stories) in Many of the early greats of sf - Hugo Gernsback (publisher of Amazing Stories) in particular - saw themselves as educators. The didactic thrust of science fiction got the genre initially pegged as children's fare. It was seen, at its best, as an extension of school and, at its worst, as teenage wish fulfillment. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Sometimes you want to say things, and you're missing an idea to make them with, Sometimes you want to say things, and you're missing an idea to make them with, and missing a word to make the idea with. In the beginning was the word. That's how somebody tried to explain it once. Until something is named, it doesn't exist. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: However much, as readers, we lose ourselves in a novel or story, fiction itself is However much, as readers, we lose ourselves in a novel or story, fiction itself is an experience on the order of memory -not on the order of actual occurrence. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Down, everybody! Down on all fours! We're going to show you our new step! Like Down, everybody! Down on all fours! We're going to show you our new step! Like this: just swing your up and - — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: When what is is congruent to what is supposed, the reaction is functional and the When what is is congruent to what is supposed, the reaction is functional and the mental processes competent. When what is and what is supposed have nothing to do with each other, the choice of reactions is random. Something tears. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: There is a sense of decency that's like a barometer to a man's or a There is a sense of decency that's like a barometer to a man's or a country's health. — Samuel R. Delany
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Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The artist has some internal experience that produces a poem, a painting, a piece of The artist has some internal experience that produces a poem, a painting, a piece of music. Spectators submit themselves to the work, which generates an inner experience for them. But historically it's a very new, not to mention vulgar, idea that the spectators experience should be identical to, or have anything to do with, the artist's. That idea comes from an over-industrialized society which has learned to distrust magic. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: ...in a universe where both information and misinformation are constantly suspect, reviewed and drifing as ...in a universe where both information and misinformation are constantly suspect, reviewed and drifing as they must be (constantly) by and between the two, a moment when either information or misinformation turns out to be harmless must bloom, when surrounded by the workings of desire and terror, into the offered sign of all about it, making and marking all about it innocent by contamination. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: In Arachnia as it is spoken on Nepiy, 'she' is the pronoun for all sentient In Arachnia as it is spoken on Nepiy, 'she' is the pronoun for all sentient individuals of whatever species who have achieved the legal status of 'woman'. The ancient, dimorphic form 'he', once used exclusively for the genderal indication of males (cf. the archaic term man, pl. men), for more than a hundred-twenty years now, has been reserved for the general sexual object of 'she', during the period of excitation, regardless of the gender of the woman speaking or the gender of the woman referred to. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The truth is always multiplex. The truth is always multiplex. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The reason for privacy is not so that people will not know you go to The reason for privacy is not so that people will not know you go to the bathroom. It's to allow certain things to go on that you don't want other people to know about, when all is said and done. But the things I don't want other people to know about are not my sex life. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: All too often, when creative people pick out someone else's creative work as an inspiration, All too often, when creative people pick out someone else's creative work as an inspiration, what they end up with is very, very far from the original. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Those moments when we learn that mothers rage and fathers kill, that friends betray and Those moments when we learn that mothers rage and fathers kill, that friends betray and authority is fallible, or that our own blank, innocent ignorance can destroy the pure, the good, and the loved are moments the very memory of which constitutes the beginning of a strategy to live in a world where such horrors exist. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It's a very new, not to mention vulgar, idea that the spectator's experience should be It's a very new, not to mention vulgar, idea that the spectator's experience should be identical to, or even have anything to do with, the artist's — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I heard Bellona was where it was at. It must be, now. I'm here. I heard Bellona was where it was at. It must be, now. I'm here. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It is not that I have no past. Rather, it continually fragments on the terrible It is not that I have no past. Rather, it continually fragments on the terrible and vivid ephemera of now. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The dawn of space travel is the dawn of woman. The dawn of space travel is the dawn of woman. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: 'Dhalgren' is the kind of book in which you can look for pretty much anything 'Dhalgren' is the kind of book in which you can look for pretty much anything you want. I tried to put as much into it as I could at the time. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: So howled out for the world to give him a name.The indark answered with wind. So howled out for the world to give him a name.
The indark answered with wind. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: You do not need an identity to become yourself; you need an identity to become You do not need an identity to become yourself; you need an identity to become -like- someone else. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: You know what I do? I listen to other people, stumbling about with their half You know what I do? I listen to other people, stumbling about with their half thoughts and half sentences and their clumsy feelings that they can't express, and it hurts me. So I go home and burnish it and polish it and weld it to a rhythmic frame, make the dull colors gleam, mute the garish artificiality to pastels, so it doesn't hurt any more: that's my poem. I know what they want to say, and I say it for them. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader's mind
vividly, forcefully ... — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I think of myself as a very lazy writer, though other people see it differently. I think of myself as a very lazy writer, though other people see it differently. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Suggestion is a literary strategy. Suggestion is a literary strategy. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: There are two types of codes, ciphers, and true codes. In the first, letters, or There are two types of codes, ciphers, and true codes. In the first, letters, or symbols that stand for letters, are shuffled and juggled according to a pattern. In the second, letters, words, or groups of words are replaced by other letters, symbols, or words. A code can be one type or the other, or a combination. But both have this in common: once you find the key, you just plug it in and out come logical sentences. A language, however, has its own internal logic, its own grammar, its own way of putting thoughts together with words that span various spectra of meaning. There is no key you can plug in to unlock the exact meaning. At best you can get a close approximation. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: He wanted to talk and had nothing to say. He wanted to talk and had nothing to say. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It looks like the writer is telling you a story. What the writer is actually It looks like the writer is telling you a story. What the writer is actually doing, however, is using words to evoke a series of micromemories from your own experience that inmix, join, and connect in your mind in an order the writer controls, so that, in effect, you have a sustained memory of something that never happened to you. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Don't go chattering to the stars if you're going to do it with your eyes Don't go chattering to the stars if you're going to do it with your eyes closed. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I grew up in Harlem, a block away from what was then the most crowded I grew up in Harlem, a block away from what was then the most crowded block in New York City, according to the 1950 census. Something like ten thousand people lived in one city block. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: No laws: to break, or to follow. Do anything you want. Which does funny things No laws: to break, or to follow. Do anything you want. Which does funny things to you. Very quickly, surprisingly quickly, you become-" [ ... ] "exactly who you are. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Everything in a science-fiction novel should be mentioned at least twice (in at least two Everything in a science-fiction novel should be mentioned at least twice (in at least two different contexts). — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, however unobtrusively, please the servants of the powerful. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: In myths things always turn into their opposites as one version supersedes the next. In myths things always turn into their opposites as one version supersedes the next. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Everyone in a position of authority is hysterical, and everyone else is pretending to be Everyone in a position of authority is hysterical, and everyone else is pretending to be asleep. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Power is all. Another falsification; I do not tell how I gain or maintain it. Power is all. Another falsification; I do not tell how I gain or maintain it. I only record the ginger stroll through the vaguely fetid garden of its rewards. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: One picks one's way about through the glass and aluminum doors, the receptionists' smiles, the One picks one's way about through the glass and aluminum doors, the receptionists' smiles, the lunches with too much alcohol, the openings with more, the mobs of people desperately trying to define good taste in such loud voices one can hardly hear oneself giggle, while the shebang is lit by flashes and flares through the paint-stained window, glimmers under the police-locked door, or, if one is taking a rare walk outside that day, by a light suffusing the whole sky, complex as the northern aurora. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I shall always be able to come up with new fantasies. As long as there I shall always be able to come up with new fantasies. As long as there are people walking around in the street, as long as I have books to read and windows to look out of, I'm not going to use them up. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Do you know how hard it is to make a home? ... That's something that Do you know how hard it is to make a home? ... That's something that a woman does from inside herself. You do it in the face of all sorts of opposition. Husbands are very appreciative when it works out well. But they're not that anxious to help. It's understandable. They don't know how. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: We're plotting to steal time itself from you ... We're going to spike it to We're plotting to steal time itself from you ... We're going to spike it to the floor as it slips by. And just as you come over to see why it's so still, we'll pull it out from under you
and send you spinning off around the galaxy's edge. We're planning to pluck all the best stars out of the sky and stuff them in our pockets ... so that when we meet you once again and thrust our hands deep inside to hide our embarrassment, our fingertips will smart on them, as if they were desert grains, caught down in the seams, and we'll smile at you on your way to a glory that, for all our stellar thefts, we shall never be able to duplicate. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: One of the more depressing things about reading your fiction 25 years later, or 10 One of the more depressing things about reading your fiction 25 years later, or 10 years later, is you realize the only things going on are things you made go on. Strange and interesting and new and wonderful things don't happen. It's the book you wrote; that's all. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Do they have this word, I?' "As a matter of fact they have three forms Do they have this word, I?' "As a matter of fact they have three forms of it: I-below-a-temperature-of-six-degrees-centigrade, I-between-six-and-ninety-three-degrees-centigrade, and I-above-ninety-three." The Butcher looked confused. "It has to do with their reproductive process," Rydra explained. "When the temperature is below six degrees they're sterile. They can only conceive when the temperature is between six and ninety-three, but to actually give birth, they have to be above ninety-three. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I am mad again, he thought. Tears brimmed. He swallowed in a tightened throat. I I am mad again, he thought. Tears brimmed. He swallowed in a tightened throat. I don't want to be. I'm tired, I'm tired and horny, I'm so tired I can't make sense out of any of it and my mind won't work right half the time I try. I'm thirsty. My head's all filled with kapok coffee wouldn't clear. Still, I wish I had some. Where am I going, what am I doing, stumbling in this smoking graveyard? It's not the pain; only that the pain keeps going on. He tried to let all his muscles go and stepped aimlessly from sidewalk to gutter, his mouth dryer and dryer and dryer. Well, he thought, if it hurts, it hurts. It's only pain. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: A number of things in 'Dhalgren' are just meant to function as mysteries. They're mysteries A number of things in 'Dhalgren' are just meant to function as mysteries. They're mysteries when the book begins, and they're mysteries when the book ends. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The Family/Sygn conflict is in the process of creating a schism throughout the entire galaxy, The Family/Sygn conflict is in the process of creating a schism throughout the entire galaxy, concerning just what exactly a woman is. And it may mean that instead of one universe with six thousand worlds in it, we will have a universe with one group of some thousands of worlds and another group of some thousands of others, and no connection between the two save memories of murder, starvation, and violence. And in a situation like that, no, you do not just simply decide to up and change sides! — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: That most embarrassing of statistical fictions, the commercial reader (not you, of course; not me), That most embarrassing of statistical fictions, the commercial reader (not you, of course; not me), who presumably consumes texts only for story, is assumed to stand deaf to style, and is thought to applaud only the endlessly repeated pornographies of action and passion that, for all their violences, still manage to pander to an astonishingly untroubled acceptance of the personal and political status quo. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Apocalypse has come and gone. We're just grubbing in the ashes. Apocalypse has come and gone. We're just grubbing in the ashes. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I spend a lot of time thinking, if not daydreaming. People think of me as I spend a lot of time thinking, if not daydreaming. People think of me as a genre writer, and a genre writer is supposed to be prolific. Since that's how people perceive me, they have to say I'm prolific. But I don't find that either complimentary or accurate. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Elizabeth Hand: I didn't read much SF as a kid - I was a total Tolkien geek I didn't read much SF as a kid - I was a total Tolkien geek - but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large. — Elizabeth Hand
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The idea that certain things in life - and in the universe - don't yield The idea that certain things in life - and in the universe - don't yield up their secrets is something that requires a slightly more mature reader to accept. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Neurotics, proceed with delusions of grandeur. Napoleon Bonaparte, take the lead. Jesus Christ, bring up Neurotics, proceed with delusions of grandeur. Napoleon Bonaparte, take the lead. Jesus Christ, bring up the rear. Simulate severe depression. Non-communicative with repressed hostility. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The fantasy/reality confusion ... it's just marvelous in her work. I mean, there, it's practically The fantasy/reality confusion ... it's just marvelous in her work. I mean, there, it's practically like what we do, the fantasy working as a sort of metalogic, with which she can solve real, aesthetic problems in the most incredible ways
I was actually in a few of her productions last year, a sort of ersatz member of the company. But finally I just had to get out. Because when that fantasy seeps into the reality, she just becomes an incredibly ugly person. She feels she can distort anything that occurs for whatever purpose she wants. Whatever she feels, that's what is, as far as she's concerned. But then, I suppose ... ' Bron laughed at the ground, then looked up: they'd just left the Plaza
'that's the right we just fought a war to defend. But Audri, when someone abuses that right, it can make it pretty awful for the rest of us. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I read The NAMBLA Bulletin fairly regularly and I think it is one of the I read The NAMBLA Bulletin fairly regularly and I think it is one of the most intelligent discussions of sexuality I've ever found ... I would have been so much happier as an adolescent if NAMBLA had been around when I was 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Ah, well, during the Middle Ages, religion was often able to redeem art. Today, however, Ah, well, during the Middle Ages, religion was often able to redeem art. Today, however, art is about the only thing that can redeem religion, and the clerics will never forgive us for that. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: In a very real way, one writes a story to find out what happens in In a very real way, one writes a story to find out what happens in it. Before it is written it sits in the mind like a piece of overheard gossip or a bit of intriguing tattle. The story process is like taking up such a piece of gossip, hunting down the people actually involved, questioning them, finding out what really occurred, and visiting pertinent locations. As with gossip, you can't be too surprised if important things turn up that were left out of the first-heard version entirely; or if points initially made much of turn out to have been distorted, or simply not to have happened at all. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: If you are angle, I am complement. If you are circle, I am circumscribed. If you are angle, I am complement. If you are circle, I am circumscribed. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The problem isn't to learn to love humanity, but to learn to love those members The problem isn't to learn to love humanity, but to learn to love those members of it who happen to be at hand. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The rich are always enamored of the ancient. The rich are always enamored of the ancient. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The strange machinery by which a reputation precedes its source we all know is faulty. The strange machinery by which a reputation precedes its source we all know is faulty. Yet how much faith we put in it! — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: In the cups, one after another, glistening disks rose, black without translucence. In the cups, one after another, glistening disks rose, black without translucence. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: An artist simply cannot trust any public emblem of merit. An artist simply cannot trust any public emblem of merit. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: A poet is wounded into speech, and he examines these wounds, meticulously, to discover how A poet is wounded into speech, and he examines these wounds, meticulously, to discover how to heal them. The bad poet harangues at the pain and yowls at the weapons that lacerate him; the great poet explores the inflamed lips of ruined flesh with ice-caked fingers, glittering and precise; but ultimately his poem is the echoing, dual voice reporting the damages. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Since I spent eighteen years of my life as a child, and nine years of Since I spent eighteen years of my life as a child, and nine years of that life as a pretty sexually active gay child, my complaint against the current attitudes is that they work mightily to silence the voices of children first and secondarily ignore what adults have to say who have been through these situations. One size fits all is never the way to handle any situation with a human dimension. Many, many children-and I was one of them-are desperate to establish some sort of sexual relation with an older and even adult figure. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Because feelings, emotional and physical, are so foregrounded in sexual encounters, the orgy is soon Because feelings, emotional and physical, are so foregrounded in sexual encounters, the orgy is soon the most social of human interchanges, where awareness and communication, whether verbal or no, hold all together or sunder it. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Fiction at least for me requires long, relatively uninterrupted time stretches in which to bring Fiction
at least for me
requires long, relatively uninterrupted time stretches in which to bring it to fruition. I've never been a two-hour-in-the-morning writer, who could put in another six hours on Sunday afternoon. For me, a novel requires weeks of living in a largely mental and wholly internal landscape. Everything else has to be relegated to the odd hour here, the bit of time there. Sadly, however, uninterrupted time blocks are not what life doles out today to any of us with regularity. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I am in terror of the infinity before me, having come through the one behind I am in terror of the infinity before me, having come through the one behind bringing no knowledge I can take on. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Truth provides the most diplomatic answer): I don't believe I've ever attended one since I Truth provides the most diplomatic answer): I don't believe I've ever attended one since I was your age where I didn't feel, beforehand, an oppressive dread at the isolation that can reign in a large enough group of even the most intimate friends, much less an admixture of intimates, acquaintances, and strangers. Still, so much of my social education has been effected in such gatherings, so many true friendships have had their beginnings in meetings much like yours and mine, that I feel these affairs must not only be endured, but negotiated with a certain energy, if not commitment. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there. It's also thinking about how Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there. It's also thinking about how that world might be - a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they're going to change the world we live in, they - and all of us - have to be able to think about a world that works differently. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: All life is a rhythm," she said as I sat up. "All death is a All life is a rhythm," she said as I sat up. "All death is a rhythm suspended, a syncopation before life
resumes. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Each of us, with money, gets further and further away from those moments where the Each of us, with money, gets further and further away from those moments where the hand pulls the beet root from the soil, shakes the fish from the net into the basket
not to mention the way it separates us from one another, so that when enough money comes between people, they lie apart like parts of a chicken hacked up for stewing. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I can think of no series of words that could appear in a piece of I can think of no series of words that could appear in a piece of naturalistic fiction that could not also appear in the same order in a piece of speculative fiction. I can, however, think of many series of words that, while fine for speculative fiction, would be meaningless as naturalism. Which then is the major and which the subcategory? — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I wanted to get out, Vyme, to keep going and not be trapped, to be I wanted to get out, Vyme, to keep going and not be trapped, to be free ... only I was cruel. I had the chance to do it, and I took it. Why is that bad, Vyme? Unless, of course, that's what being free means. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I don't know whether Asimov realized he was saying this as well, but as an I don't know whether Asimov realized he was saying this as well, but as an old historical materialist, if only as an afterthought, he must have realized that he was saying too: No one here will ever look at you, read a word you write, or consider you in any situation, no matter whether the roof is falling in or the money is pouring in, without saying to him- or herself (whether in an attempt to count it or to discount it), 'Negro ... ' The racial situation, permeable as it might sometimes seem (and it is, yes, highly permeable), is nevertheless your total surround. Don't you ever forget it ... ! And I never have. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: The pulp hero, though he may be a renegade, is a guy who doesn't feel. The pulp hero, though he may be a renegade, is a guy who doesn't feel. Anything. Ever. And for the adolescent male - pummeled by emotions left and right, whether arising from sexuality or resulting from his necessary encounters with authority - this hero is a blessing, a relief and a release. The world he lives in, where feelings are totally under control, looks to the adolescent boy like heaven! This hero's lack of feeling - like Star Trek's Spock - is what allows him to be a genius, or allows him to shoot the bad guys and/or aliens, without a quiver to his lip. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Dictators during the entire history of this planet have used similar techniques. By not letting Dictators during the entire history of this planet have used similar techniques. By not letting the people of their country know what conditions existed outside their boundaries, they could get the people to fight to stay in those conditions. It was the old adage: Convince a slave that he's free , and he will fight to maintain his slavery . — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: Wind passed again; the iris shuddered about the diamond chip. Wind passed again; the iris shuddered about the diamond chip. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It is better to accept the inevitable with energy. Well then, if I have not It is better to accept the inevitable with energy. Well then, if I have not chosen up till now, now I choose. That is freedom. Having chosen, I am free. Somewhere in my memory — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: It's only ... when we're stripped of purpose that we know who we are. It's only ... when we're stripped of purpose that we know who we are. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: But the point is, when the writer turns to address the reader, he or she But the point is, when the writer turns to address the reader, he or she must not only speak to me - naively dazzled and wholly enchanted by the complexities of the trickery, and thus all but incapable of any criticism, so that, indeed, he can claim, if he likes, priestly contact with the greater powers that, hurled at him by the muse, travel the parsecs from the Universe's furthest shoals, cleaving stars on the way, to shatter the specific moment and sizzle his brains in their pan, rattle his teeth in their sockets, make his muscles howl against his bones, and to galvanize his pen so the ink bubbles and blisters on the nib (nor would I hear her claim to such as other than a metaphor for the most profound truths of skill, craft, or mathematical and historical conjuration) - but she or he must also speak to my student, for whom it was an okay story, with just so much description. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: She cut through worlds, and joined them - that's the important part - so that She cut through worlds, and joined them - that's the important part - so that both became bigger. — Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany Sayings By Samuel R. Delany: I still believe pattern fascinates on its own. And three-sevenths of a pattern, or even I still believe pattern fascinates on its own. And three-sevenths of a pattern, or even a smaller fragment, can fascinate still more
get us really hunkering down, trying to tease out the whole of the figure in the carpet. — Samuel R. Delany