On Triton and Other Matters: An Interview with Samuel R. Delany The following text did not originate as any kind of formal interview. Instead it grew out of an. After the last post on Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, it made sense to me to read through Samuel Delany’s Trouble on Triton in my best of. The Dispossessed has the subtitle “An Ambiguous Utopia” and Triton answers with the subtitle “An Ambiguous Heterotopia.” In Delany’s long.

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The descriptions of objects and people are dense, colorful and, at times, bizarre. He is a master of unconventional bodies and sexes, as in “Aye, and Gomorrah That’s what real experience tells us—if we’re honest. Oct 29, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it tritn not like it Shelves: Many take advantage of this ability to metamorphose, but many do not.


As the subtitle implies, the novel offers several conflicting perspectives on the concept of utopia. And so the war between the planets and the satellites rages. I like it when books have a more intellectual side, I just prefer it to be coupled with good storytelling, which I don’t think Delany achieves here.

These sections have a momentum to them that the rest of the novel sometimes lacks, where scenes float in and out without it ever really being clear what the point is. Your style of parentheses in parentheses almost has the same effect. And nothing stops women and girls from reading boys’ books and learning from them.

The events that would b A somewhat cautious and tentative 4 for a very unique and interesting book. The thing of it is, the novel is narrated by a man who hates the place.

The country landscape polluted with technological detritus is perhaps the corresponding rural image. The system can’t handle it. You’re still sidestepping the question to some extent.


But he forgets—or represses—the parts of their conversation that would inform him of that. Back to the social side; Delany balances his sci-fi-y stuff with his usual desire to cook up progressive, liberal, bizarre societies.

Some relate to a delanyy discipline of metalogics – something which again has no relation to any real system of logic we might be able to conceive of, some are in the form of descriptions of dramatic pieces couched in the jargon of academic cultural studies, some relate to genetics and medicine.

It’s a writerly tradition, after all. It is an effective and unique character study of a narcissistic personality. It’s worth noting here that the novel is titled “An Ambiguous Heterotopia,” in blatant reference to the subtitle of La Guinn’s classic The Dispossessed. Which is hard to admit since I felt the first book in the anthology, Walk to the End of the Worldwas plenty dry.

The resultant printout then went to Chip, who subjected it to substantial clarificatory revision. Tditon came from the alternate universe Dr Philmus’s new invention had opened up when I’d pulled the lever—I could smell its weight, ringing out at me, through the glimmering circles of the iridium coil that had opened a portal to a dimension in which such notions, philosophically absurd in ours, nevertheless exist, are common, and make sense!

The writing style makes it a little difficult. Or simply speakable nonsense. He is an unreliable narrator. There’s no way to make sure similar factors working together won’t render some preconceived administrator, committee, or delnay group unnecessary. On Delany the Magician: I would probably have to provide a play-by-play summary of the entire book to describe in detail the episodes that cause Bron to make his final decision.

It took thirteen year-old me so much effort to get to the point velany he was able to identify as gay that, now twice the age, I’m fairly troton I don’t have the energy to identify or even to try anything else I’m married anyways- so fuck, Delany, call me traditional! I taught this novel for a course in Queer and Trans Lit this semester — it’s a thick novel as all of Delany’s are, thick with social observations tritln insights, and was challenging for some students, esp those who haven’t read much sf; nonetheless it spurred terrific convos, especially in relation to Giovanni’s Room both novels interrogate toxic white masculinity and Orlando ie.


Appreciations: Samuel Delany’s Futuristic Trouble on Triton, 40 Years Later | Kirkus Reviews

Verbal disorientation, he thought, listening to the surreal catalogue of the lyrics: Did it arise from the notion or from the term “un-licensed sector”? Still, that’s what the Modular Calculus would be if there were such a thing.

You win, Samuel Delany. High wit in this future comedy of manners allows Delany to question gender roles and sexual expectations at a level that, 20 years after it was written, still make it a coruscating portrait of the happily reasonable man, Bron Helstrom — an immigrant to the embattled world of Triton, whose troubles become more and more complex, till there is nothing left for him to do but become a woman.

Are we meant to give Bron some credit at the end when he—or she— has the thought that five out of six of the population of Earth have been killed in the name of Triton’s subjective inviolability? The argument began as a Cartesian space of two coordinates, at which point it was fairly wieldy. I wonder which method would have been more effective: Delany also challenges preconceived notions of gender and sexuality that, along with his humor, make Trouble on Triton worth the read.