doctorow — 2013-12-04T12:53:40-05:00 — #1
boundegar — 2013-12-04T13:24:55-05:00 — #2
I wonder how many other Grand Masters he had to fight to win the title.
gyrofrog — 2013-12-04T13:29:26-05:00 — #3
vinnietesla — 2013-12-04T13:58:33-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T14:17:38-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T14:44:05-05:00 — #6
I saw him twice a week for a whole semester. GO Chip!
lepigeon — 2013-12-04T15:14:34-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T16:56:02-05:00 — #8
Long overdue and well deserved. Of course both of those tend to be the default for Grand Master status.
prometheansky — 2013-12-04T18:28:54-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T19:27:09-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T22:06:57-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T22:23:33-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-04T23:46:45-05:00 — #13
Oh he already was. Now it's official.
nofare — 2013-12-06T04:08:44-05:00 — #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 — 2013-12-09T12:53:45-05:00 — #15
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