Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

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  • Title: Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
  • Author: Samuel R. Delany Carl Freedman
  • ISBN: 9780819567147
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
    Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far flung worlds First published in 1984, the novel s central issues technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism have only become pressing with the passage of timeStars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far flung worlds First published in 1984, the novel s central issues technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism have only become pressing with the passage of time.The novel s topic is information itself What are the repercussions, once it has been made public, that two individuals have been found to be each other s perfect erotic object out to point nine nine nine and several nines percent What will it do to the individuals involved, to the city they inhabit, to their geosector, to their entire world society, especially when one is an illiterate worker, the sole survivor of a world destroyed by cultural fugue, and the other is you
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    About " Samuel R. Delany Carl Freedman "

  • Samuel R. Delany Carl Freedman

    Samuel Ray Delany, also known as Chip, is an award winning American science fiction author He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Avenue, between 1938 and his death in 1960 The family lived in the top two floors of the three story private house between five and six story Harlem apartment buildings Delany s aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany Delany used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventures of his characters Elsie and Corry in the opening novella Atlantis Model 1924 in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis Three Tales.Delany attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation s international summer scholarship program Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in 1961 Their marriage lasted nineteen years They had a daughter, Iva Hacker Delany b 1974 , who spent a decade working in theater in New York City.Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of 20 He published nine well regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as several prize winning short stories collected in Driftglass 1971 and recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories 2002 His eleventh and most popular novel, Dhalgren, was published in 1975 His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nev r on series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book.Delany has published several autobiographical semi autobiographical accounts of his life as a black, gay, and highly dyslexic writer, including his Hugo award winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water.Since 1988, Delany has been a professor at several universities This includes eleven years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo He then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he has been teaching since He has had several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays In one of his non fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue 1999 , he draws on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working class men, gay and straight, in New York City.In 2007, Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R Delany, Gentleman The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • Two Stars Are you kidding me This is a book that has been re issued by a University Press, that deals with complex issues like language, gender, sexuality.I know, I know But this book didn t do anything for me, if anything it just made me angry.Well maybe that is because you are a white heterosexual male and you deserve to be made uncomfortable about the part you have played in the oppression of women and colonial peoples.Yeah, I guess so I guess I just don t see what the point of writing a book [...]


  • Once upon a time around 1986 or 1987 , I had an opportunity to meet Samuel R Delany at an ALA or ABA now BookExpo Taking advantage of my position as a buyer for a large book distributor, I monopolized some of his time in the Bantam booth while he waited to do a signing something that is surely tedious for many authors, some of whom will seek diversion with anyone willing to talk with him or her In our brief discussion, I remember him most for being surprised at his students reluctance to spend 8 [...]


  • This was a favorite read of mine back in my twenties I used it as proof that SF wasn t a literary wasteland, that innovative stuff was being done in the field and there were voices that the most exacting style snob couldn t scruple to include in hifalutin conversations.Boy, was I wrong.It s turgid, it s obfuscatory, and it s mutton dressed up as lamb Cut through the galaxy s glitter slice away all night What thoughts did I dole out to that world out of the six thousand, which, according to a rum [...]


  • This was a hard book to rate It raises interesting ideas and plays with theoretical concepts that are intriguing and significant within the fields of gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial theory, sf genre studies, postmodern literary theory, and theories of race and ethnicity There is a lot to take in For that, I like the book However, there is so much going on in this book that it becomes difficult to follow and, worse, it becomes difficult to care about the characters and what happens to [...]


  • This is not a great book There were times when I wasn t even sure it was a good book But it s trying so many interesting things, testing the boundaries of science fiction, and perhaps, the comfort of the reader, to get at some truly fascinating things Some of these experiments may have failed, but I d much rather read an interesting but failed experiment than an unambitious sufficiency.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I [...]


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  • So I don t think I d go as far as The New York Times Book Review does in praising this book According to the blurb on the back of my edition, it invites the reader to collaborate in the process of creation, in a way that few novels do Umm yeah Sure Someone has been critiquing literature a little too long But the blurb is right about one thing Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is both extraordinary and transcendent.Samuel R Delany is an interesting author for someone like me to try reading S [...]


  • The prologue of this book is a third person telling of Rat Korga s life Beginning at age 19 when he arrives as an illiterate delinquent for Radical Anxiety Treatment , basically a sort of lobotomy that turns him into a docile zombie, with full mental capacity, but only able to do exactly as he s told Perfect for slave labour Korga has a temporary escape from servitude when a woman buys him as a sex slave, but gives him technology enabling him to read books He returns to slavery however and not l [...]


  • if william gibson invented the term cyberspace in Neuromancer , 1984 , then samuel delany in Stars In My Pocket , same year is responsible for synthesizing the actual conceptual framework of the internet, and some of the consequences that might arise from an informationally saturated society gibson s book is like an impressionist painting, a piece of graphic design, an anime short it s a style injection, with both ephemeral and lasting effects Stars In My Pocket is not like that at all it is a r [...]


  • Delany s prose takes some getting used to and I have even read reviews of his work that sang to the tune of, Does he have to be so high and mighty in his verbiage The answer is, yes He does Someone has to Get off your lackadaisical bum, you shoddy reader you, and expect something from yourself and the writer Stop kowtowing to the school of thought that indicates, a simple word instead of an esoteric one What the hell are all the rest of the words in the dictionary for Why have complex syntaxes [...]


  • I am a fairly experienced reader, but I had difficulty reading this book I found the use of names confusing If ever I have truly needed a name glossary, it is with this book I kept getting confused about whether a name referred to a person, a place, a planet or a star I was uncertain about who was human, who not and the continual shift of pronouns made this even difficult In a sense this relates to cultural confusion in our real world In another sense this book needs to be read when one is able [...]


  • The downfall of most science fiction is the difficulty of chronicling new bodies, worlds, and cultures for the reader Many works dissolve into long flailing descriptions of aliens and drawn out dialogs on cultural meanings Authors who can surpass this albatross of introducing an other, like Ursala K Le Guin training in anthropology helps, apparently and Octavia E Butler, achieve an undeniable commentary on contemporary social life.Samuel R Delany joins this list The main protagonist, Marq Dyeth [...]


  • WTH I spent two months of lunchtimes on this I have not slogged through a difficult read since Gene Wolfe s lictor new sun saga, and I didn t get the payoff from this that I did from them.If this is the masterpiece that the cover blurb claims, I m afraid it is one that passed right over the top of my li l pumpkin head As a character novel, it failed me I never connected with narrator Marq Dyeth and was never supposed to grasp he cipher Rat Korga As a plot novel, it failed me it took so many lar [...]


  • I definitely wasn t in the right frame of mind for this book, as the whole time I was terribly worried about my Nana being ill in hospital When preoccupied by worry, I either need fast paced plot driven fiction or dense non fiction to act as a distraction Stars in My Pocket is a meandering sci fi novel of ideas, with a great deal world building than plot It has aged pretty well and remains interesting and original, with many striking details I liked the drama of the dinner party scene the detai [...]


  • I had long wanted to read this famous book a space fantasy far from my usual choices of fiction reading it s good to break routine once in a while, as industrial diplomat and star traveler Marq Hyeth the narrator of most of this book might say And it was not at all what I expected Which is good, I guess I wanted surprises and got them.As I did expect, it is fantastical and ironic But it is not light comedy It is a story contrived to reflect on complicated, unresolved philosophical questions, wit [...]


  • This was a tasty piece of writing, post modernist to the core, but like the universal flows of information that permeate its and our W w eb, it wasn t always accessible Reading about the shapes of bodies and the forms of cities that are so unfamiliar, yet so thoroughly connected to the signs and symbols that define our own bodies and our own cities reminded me of what it is like to try an exotic new delicacy and then eventually grow to enjoy it Initial apprehension, even revulsion, slowly gives [...]


  • A highly unusual book It s a far future galaxy scale science fiction novel, yet it s not centered on a conflict of any kind This would make it the sort of contemporary realistic novel that I normally find boring, except that it s so removed from the setting typical of the kind of story it is It was slow going because I wasn t in a rush to resolve suspense, but I didn t want to abandon it either because I was constantly mis predicting how things would go and enjoying what I found instead.I could [...]


  • Hailed as a masterpiece, I dove in not knowing what to expect What I found was a book with enough inventiveness for dozens of novels and lacking sufficient plot for even one I don t require the proverbial page turner, but if whole sections could be removed without making a difference then this isn t a work of fiction, it s a literary exercise It is highly regarded by many, but it was a long hard slog for me, and I won t be returning to his work any time soon, if ever.


  • So amazing The only slight problem I had with the text, and this is just my preference, is that the ending is indefinite I see why he does it, though, and it makes sense The idea that there could be such a thing as someone s perfect erotic object calculated mathmaticallyat s a powerful reworking of Disney s prince charming myth, and I love how he Delany uses the embodied Queerness to examine it.


  • 2 stars is a VERY generous rating for this book No point, no focus, and a world that we re expected to already understand even though it s only ever explained through the characters interactions with it It s great that Delany predicted the internet in this book, but to try to parse that out of the obtuse writing was a chore, and certainly not a pleasure that I expect to get out of reading.1.5 stars at best.



  • It is a tragedy trees have been cut down for the sake of this absurdly overrated, plotless, pretentious garbage.


  • Like many of Delany s novels, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand feels ahead of its time, in the way it openly explores queer characters and queer desires The book presents deeply personal perspectives within a dizzying melange of intergalactic cultures and civilizations and yet, at times, that second half is sometimes to the book s detriment, as it feels like it lacks a sense of unity, upon first reading The first tenth or so of the book follows Rat Korga, a man born into poverty on the pla [...]


  • I will give Delany credit for throwing me a curveball When I first read Dhalgren years ago I didn t think I would be in for the rather graphic sex scenes that the novel sometimes delved into though given its length there was plenty of room for all kinds of stuff, my favorite kind of kitchen sink writing When I read the description for this novel, I was expecting graphic sex scenes based on how the plot was going to go, and perhaps colored by prior experience And that s not quite what I got at al [...]


  • My gut reaction to Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, the first Samuel R Delaney I ve ever read, was pretty much this it feels like something I might have read for a college course on influential SF authors, rather than something I d ordinarily have read for fun I have a very definite respect for the language, but there are a lot of aspects of the plot that just didn t work for me.The core of this story is essentially a romance between Rat Korga, a man who d submitted to voluntary slavery o [...]


  • Most of this book was just in the good, not great category for me at least when compared to Delany s classics, like Triton and Dhalgren It seems to be a return to standard science fiction, in that it takes place in the context of a vast, Galactic society with faster than light travel and alliances with multiple alien species There s even an enigmatic enemy species, the xlv, about which little is known and much imagined All is not as it seems, as one might expect from Delany, however He emphasiz [...]


  • The one where Rat Korga the only survivor of a destroyed planet and Marq Dyeth the happy product of a multicultural, multi species, collectivist utopia are brought together by a strange confluence of sex and politics.This is probably my fifth or sixth reading of this book, but it s the first in quite a long time, and certainly the first time I ve read the book when I was older than the characters.I m not actually sure this is a good book Some of the scenes in it are very fine the dragon hunt, th [...]


  • This is a novel with an amazing prologue, a sagging middle, and a brilliant ending A reader s patience may be tried in places, but she should keep reading.Most of the novel takes place on a world in which humans of both genders and three gendered aliens the lizard like evelmi have sex with each other in all combinations of species and gender, sometimes as part of long term relationships, sometimes anonymously in places called runs This is the backdrop to a love story between two men, and this se [...]


  • This is science fiction both deadly serious and seriously kinky, a story of cultural respect and sexual desire set in a future so fundamentally different as to be simply bewildering.Rat Korga is the sole survivor of the obscure planet Rhyonon, a place where misfits are treated with Radical Anxiety Termination, a synapse jamming surgery which turns them into docile slaves Marq Dyeth is an Industrial Diplomat, one of the few whose job entails travel between the six thousand two hundred colony worl [...]


  • An essential for those who really appreciate and seek to obsessively delve into the mind of Sam Delany And the first half of the book was just about as cool, calm, and mesmerizing of an experience as reading Delany at his best Yet something that struck me at the very beginning of the novel that this should have been about 1,000 pages longer really mangled the ending Another reviewer aptly described this novel as not only creating a planet s worth of civilizations, species, cultures and languages [...]


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