doctorow at December 4th, 2013 12:53 — #1
boundegar at December 4th, 2013 13:24 — #2
I wonder how many other Grand Masters he had to fight to win the title.
gyrofrog at December 4th, 2013 13:29 — #3
vinnietesla at December 4th, 2013 13:58 — #4
I admire his fiction; I am in gobstruck awe of his essays and criticism. I started with Shorter Views, which was kind of getting thrown in the deep end, but it changed my life as a reader and writer. About Writing might be a smoother entry point if you're not ready to wrestle with some occasionally very dense prose.
mike_vanderheid at December 4th, 2013 14:17 — #5
'Bout time.I love this guy. My fav of his is Dhalgren. One of the most mindful books I have ever read. Even if it was 'experimental', it's a find read many times over.
acerplatanoides at December 4th, 2013 14:44 — #6
I saw him twice a week for a whole semester. GO Chip!
lepigeon at December 4th, 2013 15:14 — #7
Yay for Delany. My favorite for many years before I discovered Lem. Not really a fan of Stars in My Pocket (the book was pure drudgery for me, although the long intro is super-cool) but Nova and Dhalgren are amazing, I think. He has a sense for poetry and mysterious other-worldliness that I don't experience with many writers, much less sci-fi writers.
technogeekagain at December 4th, 2013 16:56 — #8
Long overdue and well deserved. Of course both of those tend to be the default for Grand Master status.
prometheansky at December 4th, 2013 18:28 — #9
Twice, I've tried wading through Stars In My Pocket, and twice, I gave up. I just found it unreadable, despite being the sort of thing I normally like.
ethel at December 4th, 2013 19:27 — #10
Nailbiters (a common feature of all his protagonists) rejoice in delight for Mr. Delany, his song has gone too long un-praised. And where the snot can I get one of those chains a la "Dhalgren"?
ashy_pete at December 4th, 2013 22:06 — #11
Hard to believe he wasn't already a Grandmaster... The late great Frederik Pohl wrote a nice piece on the publishing of Dhalgren a few years back. Worth the read for Delaney's comments!
And this interview with Delaney in the Paris Review is a fun read:
technogeekagain at December 4th, 2013 22:23 — #12
I've got a certain fondness for Babel-17. It isn't his best work, but it's a fun concept and a vividly drawn universe.
newliminted at December 4th, 2013 23:46 — #13
Oh he already was. Now it's official.
nofare at December 6th, 2013 04:08 — #14
Decided to re-read Tales of Nevèrÿon out of the blue. Loved it then. Love it now.
Delaney is one of the greatest. Amply deserved.
doctorow at December 9th, 2013 12:53 — #15
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