It is an allegorical tale of interstellar adventure, a quest that is part Moby Dick and part revolutionary act. It is about confluence, archetypes, obsession, seeking the future, and the creative process itself. It is the story that marked the transition from Delany’s more straightforward genre explorations to the maturation of his career when he returned to the field with Dhalgren. It is the book that critic Algis Budrys said “…right now, as of this book…not as of some future book or some accumulated body of work, [Delany] is the best science-fiction writer in the world, at a time when competition for that status is intense.”
In this installment of The Three Hoarsemen John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson discuss Nova by Samuel R. Delany, including their first encounter with the book, how subsequent readings have altered their views, and the continuing strength of the story after four and a half decades.
On June 18th, 2012, Samuel R. Delany appeared at Barnes & Noble in NYC to celebrate 50 years as a published writer and his newest novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. Alex Lozupone recorded several videos of the event, which included not only a reading, but also a post-reading author Q&A between Samuel R. Delany and Ken James.
Now, through the magic of YouTube playlists, you can watch all 3 videos…after the jump
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This panel at The Center for Fiction explored “outsiderness” in the world of science fiction and fantasy. Panelists included Steve Berman, Carlos Hernandez, Andrea Hairston, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Samuel R. Delany and was moderatedby Ellen Kushner.
Now, through the magic of YouTube, you can enjoy all 3 parts right here:
[via Jennifer Marie Brissett, who is alos in today's Mind Meld. It's Jennifer Marie Brissett day!]
Filmmaker Eric Solstein has uploaded the first two parts of a larger tribute to Science Fiction’s Grand Masters presented at the 2000 SFWA Nebula banquet at the installation of Brian Aldiss. There’s wonderful footage of so many SF legends, including Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl, Isaac Asimov, James Gunn, William Tenn, Clifford D. Simak, Joe Haldeman, Philip Jos@eacute; Farmer, Norman Spinrad, Damon Knight (for whom the Grand Master Award is now named), Julie Schwartz, Gene Wolfe, Hal Clement, Poul Anderson, Samuel R. Delany, Barry Malzberg and Brian Aldiss.
There’s a longer follow-up video after the break…
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Dark Scribe Magazine interviews Ellen Datlow, editor of Lovecraft Unbound.
- @Innsmouth Free Press: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Burning Shadows).
- The Chronicles of the Necromancer author Gail Z. Martin talks with author A.J. Hartley about publishing, creating believable historical thrillers and his newest novels, Act of Will and What Time Devours. (Also of interest: Gail’s reports from Dragon*Con,Parts one, two, and three.
- BookBanter podcast-interviews Mike Carey (Dead Men’s Boots).
- Sci-Fi Talk podcast-interviews Leonard Nimoy.
- At Suite101: In one of his last interviews prior to his death in 2003, hard science-fiction pioneer Hal Clement discusses his final book, Noise, and his approach to world building.
- In the newly-compiled list of 101 Fantasy Books, Tolkien comes in at #12 with The Fellowship of the Ring. The top 11 positions are held by J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. No, really!
- Brenda Cooper liked Anathem…eventually.
- In case you were wondering, Jeff VanderMeer WILL read your f***ing script.
- Richard Matheson’s Somewhere in Time coming to Broadway, the way he intended it, I’m sure.
- The Mid-September 2009 issue of the SF Site is now online.
- VIZ Media announces the release of Zoo and Usurper of the Sun, the latest two books to be published by its Haikasoru imprint, the first U.S. based imprint dedicated to translating Japanese science fiction and fantasy.
- Forbidden Planet is hosting the UK Launch of Angry Robot Books on Saturday 10th October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR. Featured guests include Dan Abnett (Triumff), Andy Remic (Kell’s Legend), and Colin Harvey (Winter Song).
- Eoin Coifer, author of And Another Thing…, the sixth book in the Hitchhikers’ trilogy, will be attending Hitchcon ’09 at the Southbanke Centre in the UK on October 11th. The event will include a live, radio-style stage play with Simon Jones and Mark Wing-Davey of the original radio cast
- Chris Roberson asks: What if Raiders of the Lost Ark had been a 50s film serial? What, no Broadway play version? Get to work, Internets!
- Matthew Sanborn Smith has posted episode 5 of his podcast Beware the Hairy Mango.
- The Wertzone takes a look at the new Douglas Adams and Kim Stanley Robinson book covers, for the Hitchhikers and Mars books, respectively. (Though, irrespectively, it makes me wonder what if their serie were written by the other writer…)
- Speaking of Kim Stanley Robinson, the new fan site KimStanleyRobinson.info is live.
- Gary Farber notes that NetFlix lists the 2007 documentary The Polymath: The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman. Cool! And Bummer! The availability is currently listed as “unknown”. “No Delany for you!”
- In honor of Halloween, Super Punch announces the Horror of Star Wars art contest! Love the vampire Leia, though not as much as a metal bikini vampire Leia, if you know what I mean. (As if there was any ambiguity.)
- I’m so psyched for the new season of Fringe that even this Season 2 photo shoot video feels linkable.
- @ Cracked: 6 Star Wars Characters Too Retarded for Film.
- Also @Cracked: 5 Popular Zombie Survival Tactics (That Will Get You Killed).
- The 20 Weirdest Zombie Movies Ever Made. [via Look At This...]
- 18 Rare And Unseen Star Wars Shots. [also via Look At This...]
- David Goyer tells you Everything you need to know about FlashForward.
- Frederik Pohl receives his honorary high school diploma. [via Locus Online]
- Interviews & Profiles:
- For the writers: the website for The Science fiction Writers of America, Monica Valentinelli talks about The Pros and Cons of Having Your Own Website.
- Here’s a great Flickr gallery of Penguin book covers illustrated by cartoonists. [via Irene Gallo]
- Some more great artwork at Gorilla Artfare…this time by Dave Rapoza.
- Nnedi Okorafor was not impressed with District 9.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring comes to life at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall for two performances only, on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th.
- Real Science: Space.com looks at The Enduring Mystery of Saturn’s Rings
- @Tor.com: Mindblowing SF by Women and People of Color.
- @Strange Horizons” James Schellenberg’s Top 12 SF&F Books.
- @MovieFill: A Chart Showing the History of Time Travel in Film. [via Look At This]
- @Screenhead: Top 10 forgotten and underrated Sci-fi movies.
- @SciFi Wire: 10 ways District 9 will change sci-fi moviemaking forever.
- @Movie Moron: Top 10 Best Zombie Movies (With Clips).