Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (Revised)

Samuel R. Delany (Author) Matthew Cheney (Other)
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Description

In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. By recognizing a text's specific "difference," we begin to see the quality of its particulars. Through riveting analyses of works by Joanna Russ, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and Thomas M. Disch, Delany reveals critical strategies for reading that move beyond overwrought theorizing and formulaic thinking. Throughout, the author performs the kinds of careful inquiry and urgent speculation that he calls others to engage in.

Product Details

Price
$27.95
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
July 11, 2012
Pages
246
Dimensions
8.98 X 0.79 X 7.42 inches | 0.98 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780819568847
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About the Author

SAMUEL R. DELANY is an acclaimed novelist and critic who teaches English and creative writing at Temple University and is the author of numerous works of fiction and criticism, most recently his novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. MATTHEW CHENEY is a columnist for Strange Horizons and writes regularly for his weblog, The Mumpsimus.

Reviews

"Samuel Delany is without doubt a fine writer and intellectual critic without equal."--S. Raeschild, Choice

"After all the years since it was first published, Starboard Wine remains one of the three or four most important critical statements ever made about science fiction. No one with a serious interest in the field should be ignorant of it."--Carl Freedman, author of Critical Theory and Science Fiction