An appreciation for Samuel Delany

Samuel R "Chip" Delany is a science fiction pioneer: a brilliant literary stylist with dazzling ideas who was one of the field's first openly queer writers, and one of the first Black writers accepted into the field. He is one of the fathers of afrofuturism.

When Gloria Steinem and Samuel Delany clashed over Wonder Woman

Ann Matsuuchi's paper Wonder Woman Wears Pants: Wonder Woman, Feminism and the 1972 "Women's Lib" Issue [PDF], published in Monash University's journal Colloquy, looks at the weird history of the Wonder Woman arc that Samuel Delany wrote, which was meant to culminate with Wonder Woman confronting anti-abortion demonstrators, and which was killed by Gloria Steinem, who didn't know where things were headed, but hated the fact that Delany had taken away Wonder Woman's traditional costume. — Read the rest

Samuel Delany radio-play MP3

Leszek sez, "In 1967, WBAI produced a two-hour radio dramatization of Samuel R. Delany's first short piece of SF, 'The Star-Pit', with narration by Delany himself. The URL links to a website where you can download MP3s of the entire show, and also links to a personal history of the creation of the show by Delany." — Read the rest

Borders interviews Samuel Delany. "Look

Borders interviews Samuel Delany.

"Look at any part of your body (or anybody else's, for that matter), fixed and unwavering — your face in a mirror, your thigh, your forearm — and you begin to see the skeleton beneath the skin, the potential for decay and death that underlies all living flesh and sinew.

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Fantastic fiction needs your help

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. They are looking to fund several more years of their popular reading series via a Kickstarter fundraiser, running from May 17th through June 14th, 2017.

An interview with China Miéville

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China Miéville is one of the most important writers working in Britain today. The author of ten novels of "weird fiction"—as well as short stories, comics, non-fiction, a roleplaying game, and academic writing on law and ideology—his 2011 science fiction novel Embassytown was acclaimed by Ursula K le Guin, among others, as "a fully achieved work of art" busy "bringing the craft of science fiction out of the backwaters".Read the rest

Blogs of this year's Clarion sf writers' workshop students

Alex Wilson, a student at the legendary Clarion science fiction writers' workshop, has posted a roundup of the blogs of this year's Clarion and Clarion West workshops, who are currently at week five of their six-week programs. Clarion is an intensive, boot-camp style workshop, taught by leading professionals, with an excellent track-record of graduating talented, successful writers like Dale Bailey, Octavia Butler, Ben Rosenbaum, Bruce Sterling, Lucius Sheppard and many others. — Read the rest