Gateway Essentials: Samuel R. Delany

Samuel Ray ‘Chip’ Delany, Jr was born in Harlem in 1942, and published his first novel at the age of just 20. As author, critic and academic, his influence on the modern genre has been profound and he remains one of science fiction’s most important and discussed writers. He has won the Hugo Award twice and the Nebula Award four times, including consecutive wins for Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection.  He has recently retired as professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he had been Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program since January 2001.

Those wishing to explore Delany’s extraordinary body of work are advised to start with his SF Masterworks:


. . . and then move on to his Gateway Essentials titles: The Jewels of Aptor, The Einstein Intersection, Tales of Neveryon, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand and Aye, and Gomorrah.

You can find more of Samuel R. Delany’s works via his Author page at the SF Gateway website and read more about him in his  entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.