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Occasional Views Volume 1

"More About Writing" and Other Essays

Essays and occasional writings from one of literature's iconic voices

Samuel R. Delany is an acclaimed writer of literary theory, queer literature, and fiction. His "prismatic output is among the most significant, immense and innovative in American letters," wrote the New York Times in 2019; "Delany's books interweave science fiction with histories of race, sexuality, and control. In so doing, he gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths of our world." This anthology of essays, lectures, and interviews addresses topics such as 9/11, race, the garden of Eden, the interplay of life and writing, and notes on other writers such as Theodore Sturgeon, Hart Crane, Ursula K. Le Guin, Holderlin, and a note on—and a conversation with—Octavia Butler. The first of two volumes, this book gathers more than twenty-five pieces on films, poetry, and science fiction. These sharp, focused writings by a bestselling Black, gay author are filled with keen insights and observations on culture, language, and life.

About the Author

In 2016, Samuel R. Delany was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. He is the author of Babel-17, Nova, Dhalgren, Dark Reflections, Atlantis: Three Tales, the Return to Nevèrÿon series, an autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water, and the paired essays Times Square Red / Times Square Blue. Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award for 2008, and in 2015 he won the Nicolas Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature, and in 1997 the Kessler Award for LGBTQ Studies. As well, he has won four Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention. In 2013, he was made a Grand Master of Science Fiction, following in the steps of Asimov, Heinlein, and Le Guin.


"Occasional Views, Volume 1 is an incredibly generous entry point to Samuel R. Delany's pioneering insights about the intersections of genre, race, sexuality, Science Fiction and what it means to live through and amongst those categories. As he states, 'What we need is not so much radical writers as we need radical readers!' This collection helps us satisfy that deeply necessary and timely cultural need."—Louis Chude-Sokei, author of Floating In A Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir

"By turns gutsy and erudite, challenging and gracious, Delany's Occasional Views gives illuminating glances of his mind's life journey. How lucky we are to have these proofs of the resonant truths he has discovered along the way!""—Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair
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Other Titles by Samuel R. Delany

Letters from Amherst

Samuel R. Delany, foreword by Nalo Hopkinson
Apr 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
$14.99 USD - Electronic book text
$17.95 USD - Paperback / softback

In Search of Silence

Samuel R. Delany, edited by Kenneth R. James
Feb 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$31.99 USD - Electronic book text

The American Shore

Samuel R. Delany, OtherMatthew Cheney
Aug 2014 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Remainders of the American Century

Brent Ryan Bellamy
Jun 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$80.00 USD - Hardback

Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System

John Rieder
Mar 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$75.00 USD - Hardback
$23.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$18.99 USD - Electronic book text

Celestial Empire

Nathaniel Isaacson
Feb 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$80.00 USD - Hardback
$25.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in Science fiction

The Science of Doctor Who

Paul Parsons
Jun 2010 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$26.95 USD - Hardback