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Samuel Delany

February 15-16, 2016

Bio

Samuel Delany

Writer, literary critic and professor Samuel Delany was born and raised in Harlem, New York City and first rose to prominence in the mid 1960s with his experimental and genre-deviating science fiction novels and short stories including the Nebula award winning Babel-17 (1966) and The Einstein Intersection (1967), and what many consider to be his master work in this genre, Dhalgren (1975). His fiction is critically acclaimed for experimenting wildly with form, structure and perspective, and for visiting and revisiting themes of language, knowledge, societal norms, sexuality and that which society considers sexually taboo and pornographic. Delany is also well known and highly regarded for his critical writings on race, science fiction, and gender, as well as his brilliant memoirs including Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) and the Hugo Award-winning The Motion of Light in Water (1988). Delany has been a professor at many prominent institutions, most notably from 2001 through his retirement in 2015 at Temple University's MFA program.