“The leading science fiction authors might construct elaborate spaceships or time machines…but were usually afraid to tinker with sentence structures. Except for Samuel R. Delany.” –from Ted Gioia’s essay in Conceptual Fiction
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. is an American author, professor and literary critic. His science fiction novels include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series.
A multiple Nebula and Hugo award winner, Delany was inducted to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. He spent over a decade as a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2013, the Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th Grand Master.
Stefan Rudnicki has been a fan of Delany’s for many years and Skyboat is thrilled, and humbled, to be bringing his ground-breaking work to audio for the first time ever.
“He first emerged as a prodigy in the sixties, one of a loose band of young writers sometimes referred to as sci-fi’s ‘new wave,’ whose work helped to push the tradition away from robots and spaceships toward deep questions about race, sexuality, and identity….He managed to fuse, unapologetically, qualities that few had ever thought to combine: He was pulpy, literary, lusty, academic, prolific, and meticulous.” –Sam Anderson, in his New York Books article “Sage of the Apocalypse”
“First of all, General,” she was saying. “Babel-17 isn’t a code.”
“It’s not a code,” she repeated. “It’s a language.”
BABEL-17 was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1967 and tied with Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes for the Nebula Award for Best Novel that same year. “It is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy’s deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack,” from our friends at Blackstone Audio’s Downpour.com.
Combine Delany’s vivid prose with Stefan’s lyrical narration and, well, this is one you won’t want to miss.
Up next? Stefan has just completed the recording of DHALGREN by Mr. Delany. Listen to the clip below for a preview of the complexities of this author’s amazing work.