2020S. R. DelanyMirror of Afrofuturism in Extrapolation (vol. 61, issue 1/2) 174
To the extent Afrofuturism concerns science fiction and not the range of all the arts, including painting and music, classical and jazz, it requires writers thinking about black characters in the future.
1988S. R. Delany in N.Y. Times 15 May (Book Review) 28/4
It’s particularly effective for evoking the archetypal Ballardian objects: draining lakes, dried-up swimming pools, empty rivers, dusty streets, ruined machinery, beached boats, wrecked cars—or the obsessed men and women haunting them.
[ 1965S. R. DelanyBallad of Beta-2 7
By the time the ten remaining-generation-ships [sic] arrived in the Leffer System, Earth had already established a going-business [sic] of trade and cultural exchange, which was already a hundred or so years old, with scores of planetary systems.
1966S. R. DelanyBabel-17 iii. v. 172
Like a triple clawed crab, the enemy boat angled away into the night. K-ward rose the flattened spiral of the home galaxy. Shadows were carbon-paper black on the smooth hulls.
1968S. R. DelanyNova ii. 15
The freezing lichen forests of the Martian polar caps or the raging dust rivers at the red planet's equator; or Mercurian night versus Mercurian day—these he had experienced only through psychorama travelogs.
1981S. R. DelanySome Remarks on SF Criticism in Science Fiction Studies (vol. 8, no. 3) Nov. 236
I mean that, historically, far-future SF (space opera) developed in the pulps of the 1930s and ’40s before near-future SF developed in the late ’40s and early ’50s.
1968S. R. DelanyCorona in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 92/2
Bryan Faust walked across the platform to the microphones. Comets soared over his shoulders and disappeared under his arms. Suns novaed on his chest. Meteors flashed around his elbows.
1969S. R. DelanyAbout Five Thousand One Hundred and Seventy Five Words in Extrapolation (May) 61
Subjunctivity is the tension on the thread of meaning that runs between word and object. Suppose a series of words is presented to us as a piece of reportage. A blanket indicative tension informs the whole series: This happened. That is the particular level of subjunctivity at which journalism takes place.
1974S. DelanyDhalgren i. 45
There was this damn dog, who’d been sleeping under the porch all the time I’d been snoozing topside. He was awake now. And he started barking. Then he chased my ass down to the road.