Samuel Ray Delany Jr. (/dəˈleɪni/; born April 1, 1942), Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism and essays on sexuality and society.
His most recent science fiction novel is Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. Others include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova, Dhalgren, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series. After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. From January 2001 until his retirement in May 2015, he was a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2010 he won the third J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the academic Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UCR Libraries. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master in 2013.
Samuel R. Delany
Delany at Kelly Writers House in 2016
|Born||Samuel Ray Delany Jr.|
April 1, 1942
New York, New York, US
|Pen name||K. Leslie Steiner, S. L. Kermit|
|Occupation||Writer, editor, professor, literary critic|
|Education||Dalton School; Bronx High School of Science|
|Alma mater||City College of New York|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy, autobiography, creative nonfiction, erotic literature, literary criticism|
|Subject||Science fiction, lesbian and gay studies, eroticism|
|Literary movement||New Wave|
|Notable works||Nova, Babel-17, Dhalgren, Hogg, The Einstein Intersection|
|Spouse||Marilyn Hacker (1961–80)|
|Partner||Dennis Rickett (1991–present)|
Samuel Delany[a] was born on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany (1916–1995), was a clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany Sr. (1906–1960), ran the Levy & Delany Funeral Home on 7th Avenue in Harlem, from 1938 until his death in 1960. The civil rights pioneers Sadie and Bessie Delany were his aunts. He used their adventures as the basis for Elsie and Corry in "Atlantis: Model 1924", the opening novella in his semi-autobiographical collection Atlantis: Three Tales. His grandfather, Henry Beard Delany, was the first black Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
The family lived in the top two floors of a three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings. Delany envied children with nicknames and took one for himself on the first day of summer camp, at about the age of 12, by answering "They mostly call me Chip" when asked his name. Decades later, Frederik Pohl called him "a person who is never addressed by his friends as Sam, Samuel or any other variant of the name his parents gave him."
Delany attended the Dalton School and, for two months out of each summer for five years, from 1951 through 1956, attended Camp Woodland in Phoenicia, New York, followed by the Bronx High School of Science, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation's international summer scholarship program.
Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met on their first day together in high school in September 1956, and were married five years later in August 1961, due to her pregnancy (which later miscarried). Their marriage (which alternatively encompassed periods of cohabitation and separation, experiments in polyamory, and extramarital affairs with men and women conducted by both parties) endured for 14 years; in 1974, they had a daughter, Iva Hacker-Delany, who spent a decade working in theater in New York City and graduated from medical school. Delany and Hacker permanently separated in 1975 and divorced in 1980.
Delany has identified as gay since adolescence, though his complicated marriage with Hacker (who was aware of Delany's orientation and has identified as a lesbian since their divorce) has led some authors to classify him as bisexual.
Upon the death of Delany's father from lung cancer in October, 1960 and his marriage in August 1961, he and Hacker settled in New York's East Village neighborhood at 629 East 5th Street. Hacker's intervention (while employed as an assistant editor at Ace Books), helped Delany become a published science fiction author by the age of 20, though he actually finished writing that first novel (The Jewels of Aptor) while at 19, shortly after dropping out of the City College of New York after one semester.
He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as two prize-winning short stories (collected in Driftglass  and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories ). In 1966, with Hacker remaining in New York, Delany took an extended trip to Europe, writing The Einstein Intersection while in France, England, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. These locales found their way into several pieces of his work at that time, including the novel Nova and the short stories "Aye, and Gomorrah" and "Dog in a Fisherman's Net".
After returning, Delany played and lived communally for six months on the Lower East Side with the Heavenly Breakfast, a folk-rock band, one of whose members, Bert Lee, was later a founding member of the Central Park Sheiks; a memoir of his experiences with the band and communal life was eventually published as Heavenly Breakfast (1979). Delany published his first eight novels with Ace Books from 1962 to 1967, culminating in Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection, which were consecutively recognized as the year's best novel by the Science Fiction Writers of America (Nebula Awards). Calling him a genius and poet, Algis Budrys listed Delany with J. G. Ballard, Brian W. Aldiss, and Roger Zelazny as "an earthshaking new kind" of writer, and leaders of the New Wave.
Delany's first short story was published by Pohl in the February 1967 issue of Worlds of Tomorrow, and he placed three more in other magazines that year. After four short stories (including the critically lauded "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones") and Nova were published to wide acclaim (the latter by Doubleday, marking Delany's departure from Ace) in 1968 alone, an extended interregnum in publication commenced until the release of Dhalgren (1975), abated only by two short stories, two comic book scripts, and an erotic novel, The Tides of Lust (1973), reissued in 1994 under Delany's preferred title, Equinox.
On New Year's Eve in 1968, Delany and Hacker moved to San Francisco, and again to London in the interim, before Delany returned to New York in the summer of 1971 as a resident of the Albert Hotel in Greenwich Village; from December 1972 to December 1974, Delany and Hacker lived in Marylebone, London. In 1972, Delany was a visiting writer at Wesleyan University's Center for the Humanities. During this period, he began working with sexual themes in earnest and wrote two pornographic works, one of which (Hogg) was unpublishable due to its transgressive content. Twenty years later, it found print.
Delany wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman in 1972, during a controversial period in the publication's history when the lead character abandoned her superpowers and became a secret agent. Delany scripted issues #202 and #203 of the series. Delany was initially supposed to write a six-issue story arc that would culminate in a battle over an abortion clinic, but the story arc was canceled after Gloria Steinem complained that Wonder Woman was no longer wearing her traditional costume, a change predating Delany's involvement. Scholar Ann Matsuuchi concluded that Steinem's feedback was "conveniently used as an excuse" by DC management.
Delany's eleventh and most popular novel, the million-plus-selling Dhalgren, was published in 1975 to both literary acclaim (from both inside and outside the science fiction community) and derision (mostly from within the community). Upon its publication, Delany returned to the United States at the behest of Leslie Fiedler to teach at the University at Buffalo as Butler Professor of English in the spring of 1975, preceding his return to New York City that summer. Though he wrote two more major science fiction novels (Triton and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand) in the decade following Dhalgren, Delany began to work in fantasy and science fiction criticism for several years. His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nevèrÿon series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book. Following the publication of the Return to Nevèrÿon series, Delany published one more fantasy novel. Released in 1993, They Fly at Çiron is a re-written and expanded version of an unpublished short story Delany wrote in 1962. This would be Delany's last novel in either the science fiction or fantasy genres for many years.
Delany became a professor in 1988. Following visiting fellowships at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1977), the University at Albany (1978) and Cornell University (1987), he spent 11 years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo, then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he taught until his retirement in 2015. He served as Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago during the winter quarter of 2014.
Beginning with The Jewel-Hinged Jaw (1977), a collection of critical essays that applied then-nascent literary theory to science fiction studies, he published several books of criticism, interviews and essays. In the memoir Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999), Delany drew on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working-class men in New York City.
In 2007, his novel Dark Reflections was a winner of the Stonewall Book Award. That same year Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, directed by Fred Barney Taylor. The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The following year, 2008, it tied for Jury Award for Best Documentary at the International Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Also in 2007, Delany was the April "calendar boy" in the "Legends of the Village" calendar put out by Village Care of New York.
In 2010, Delany was one of the five judges (along with Andrei Codrescu, Sabina Murray, Joanna Scott and Carolyn See) for the National Book Awards fiction category. In 2015, the Caribbean Philosophical Association named Delany the recipient of its Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1991, Delany entered a committed, nonexclusive relationship with Dennis Rickett, previously a homeless book vendor; their courtship is chronicled in the graphic memoir Bread and Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York (1999), a collaboration with the writer and artist Mia Wolff. After sixteen years, he retired from teaching at Temple University.
Recurring themes in Delany's work include mythology, memory, language, sexuality, and perception. Class, position in society, and the ability to move from one social stratum to another are motifs that were touched on in his earlier work and became more significant in his later fiction and non-fiction, both. Many of Delany's later (mid-1980s and beyond) works have bodies of water (mostly oceans and rivers) as a common theme, as mentioned by Delany in The Polymath. Though not a theme, coffee, more than any other beverage, is mentioned significantly and often in many of Delany's fictions.
Writing itself (both prose and poetry) is also a repeated theme: several of his characters — Geo in The Jewels of Aptor, Vol Nonik in The Fall of the Towers, Rydra Wong in Babel-17, Ni Ty Lee in Empire Star, Katin Crawford in Nova, the Kid, Ernest Newboy, and William in Dhalgren, Arnold Hawley in Dark Reflections, John Marr and Timothy Hasler in The Mad Man, and Osudh in Phallos – are writers or poets of some sort.
Delany also makes use of repeated imagery: several characters (Hogg, the Kid, and the sensory-syrynx player, the Mouse, in Nova; Roger in "We .. move on a rigorous line") are known for wearing only one shoe; and nail biting along with rough, calloused (and sometimes veiny) hands are characteristics given to individuals in a number of his fictions. Names are sometimes reused: "Bellona" is the name of a city in both Dhalgren and Triton, "Denny" is a character in both Dhalgren and Hogg (which were written almost concurrently despite being published two decades apart; and there is a Danny in "We ... move on a rigorous line"), and the name "Hawk" is used for five different characters in four separate stories – Hogg, the story "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" and the novella "The Einstein Intersection", and the short story "Cage of Brass", where a character called Pig also appears.
Jewels, reflection, and refraction – not just the imagery but reflection and refraction of text and concepts – are also strong themes and metaphors in Delany's work. Titles such as The Jewels of Aptor, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", Driftglass, and Dark Reflections, along with the optic chain of prisms, mirrors, and lenses worn by several characters in Dhalgren, are a few examples of this; as in "We (...) move on a rigorous line" a ring is nearly obsessively described at every twist and turn of the plot. Reflection and refraction in narrative are explored in Dhalgren and take center stage in his Return to Nevèrÿon series.
Following the 1968 publication of Nova, there was not only a large gap in Delany's published work (after releasing eight novels and a novella between 1962 and 1968, his published output virtually stopped until 1973), there was also a notable addition to the themes found in the stories published after that time. It was at this point that Delany began dealing with sexual themes to an extent rarely equaled in serious writing. Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand include several sexually explicit passages, and several of his books such as Equinox (originally published as The Tides of Lust, a title that Delany does not endorse), The Mad Man, Hogg and, Phallos can be considered pornography, a label Delany himself endorses.
Novels such as Triton and the thousand-plus pages making up his four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series explored in detail how sexuality and sexual attitudes relate to the socioeconomic underpinnings of a primitive – or, in Triton's case, futuristic – society. Even in works with no science fiction or fantasy content to speak of, such as Atlantis: Three Tales, The Mad Man, and Hogg, Delany pursued these questions by creating vivid pictures of New York City, now in the Jazz Age, now in the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, private schools in the 1950s, Greece and Europe in the 1960s, and – in Hogg – generalized small-town America. Phallos details the quest for happiness and security by a gay man from the island of Syracuse in the second-century reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Dark Reflections is a contemporary novel, dealing with themes of repression, old age, and the writer's unrewarded life.
The Mad Man, Phallos, and Dark Reflections are linked in minor ways. The beast mentioned at the beginning of The Mad Man graces the cover of Phallos.
Delany has also published several books of literary criticism, with an emphasis on issues in science fiction and other paraliterary genres, comparative literature, and queer studies. He has commented that he believes to omit the sexual practices that he portrays in his writing would limit the dialog children and adults can have about it themselves, and that this lack of knowledge can kill people.
|The Jewels of Aptor||1962||Published as Ace-Double F-173 together with Second Ending by James White|
|Captives of the Flame||1963||Published as Ace-Double F-199 together with The Psionic Menace by John Brunner, republished as the more definitive Out of the Dead City |
included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers
|The Towers of Toron||1964||Published as Ace-Double F-261 together with The Lunar Eye by Robert Moore Williams, included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers|
|City of a Thousand Suns||1965||Published by Ace Books as F-322, included in omnibus edition: The Fall of the Towers|
|The Ballad of Beta-2||1965||Published as Ace-Double M-121 together with Alpha Yes, Terra No! by Emil Petaja; Nebula Award nominee, 1965 |
|Empire Star||1966||Published as Ace-Double M-139 together with The Tree Lord of Imeten by Tom Purdom|
|Babel-17||1966||Published by Ace Books as F-388, Nebula Award winner, 1966;|
Hugo Award nominee, 1967
|The Einstein Intersection||1967||Published by Ace Books as F-427, Nebula Award winner, 1967|
Hugo Award nominee, 1968
|Nova||1968||0-553-10031-9||Hugo Award nominee, 1969|
|The Tides of Lust||1973||0-86130-016-5||Published by Lancer Books as #71344, later reprinted under Delany's preferred title Equinox (1994), 1-56333-157-8.|
|Dhalgren||1975||0-553-14861-3||Nebula Award nominee, 1975|
Locus Award nominee, 1976
|Triton||1976||0-553-12680-6||Republished as Trouble on Triton in 1996 by Wesleyan University Press|
Nebula Award nominee, 1976
|Empire||1978||0-425-03900-5||With Howard Chaykin|
Published by Byron Preiss/Berkley Windhover
|Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand||1984||0-553-05053-2||Locus Award nominee, 1985|
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1987
|They Fly at Çiron||1993||0-9633637-1-9|
|The Mad Man||1994||1-56333-193-4|
|Dark Reflections||2007||0-7867-1947-8||Stonewall Book Award winner, 2008|
Lambda Award nominee, 2007
|Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders||2012||978-1-59350-203-4||Chapter 90 was inadvertently left out by the publisher, and was later published in Sensitive Skin magazine|
|The Atheist in the Attic||2018||978-1-62963-440-1||Novella; includes essays, "Racism and Science Fiction," "'Discourse in an Older Sense': Outspoken Interview", and Bibliography|
|Tales of Nevèrÿon||1979||0-553-12333-5||Locus Award nominee, 1980|
|Flight from Nevèrÿon||1985||0-553-24856-1||Novellas|
|The Bridge of Lost Desire||1987||0-87795-931-5||Novellas|
Revised as Return to Nevèrÿon (1994), 0-8195-6278-5
|Story||First Publication Date||Awards
|Driftglass (1971)||Distant Stars (1981), illustrated, 0-553-01336-X||The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction (1983), 0-553-25610-6||Driftglass/Starshards (1993), 0-586-21422-4||Atlantis: Three Tales (1995), 0-8195-5283-6||Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories (2003), 0-375-70671-2|
|"The Star Pit"||Feb 1967 in Worlds of Tomorrow||Hugo (nom)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Dog in a Fisherman's Net"||May 1971 in Quark/3, Marilyn Hacker, Samuel R. Delany (ed.)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Corona"||Oct 1967 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Aye, and Gomorrah..."||Oct 1967 in Dangerous Visions, Harlan Ellison (ed.)||Hugo (nom), Nebula (win)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Driftglass"||Jun 1967 in If||Nebula (nom)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line"||May 1968 as "Lines of Power", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction||Hugo (nom), Nebula (nom)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Cage of Brass"||Jun 1968 in If||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"High Weir"||Oct 1968 in If||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones"||Dec 1968 in New Worlds Michael Moorcock and James Sallis (eds.)||Hugo (win), Nebula (win)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Night and the Loves of Joe Dicostanzo"||Nov 1970 in Alchemy and Academe, Anne McCaffrey (ed.)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Prismatica"||Oct 1977 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction||Hugo (nom)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Empire Star"||1966 as an Ace Double||Yes|
|"Omegahelm"||1981 in Distant Stars||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Ruins"||1981 in Distant Stars||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|"Among the Blobs"||1988 in Mississippi Review 47/48||Yes||Yes|
|"Citre et Trans"||1993 in Driftglass/Starshards||Yes||Yes|
|"Erik, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence's Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling"||1993 in Driftglass/Starshards||Yes||Yes|
|"Atlantis: Model 1924"||1995 in Atlantis: Three Tales||Yes|
|"Tapestry"||2003 in Aye and Gomorrah||Yes|
|"The Desert of Time"||May 1992 in Omni|
|"In The Valley of the Nest of Spiders"||2007 in Black Clock|
|"The Hermit of Houston"||Sep 2017 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction||Locus (win)|
"Aye, and Gomorrah..." is a science fiction short story by American writer Samuel R. Delany. It is the first short story Delany sold, and won the 1967 Nebula Award for best short story. Before it appeared in Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, it first appeared as the final story in Harlan Ellison's seminal 1967 anthology, Dangerous Visions. It was controversial because of its disturbing sexual subject matter, and has been called "one of the best stories by a gay man published in the 1960s." Graham Sleight has described it as a "revisionist take" on Cordwainer Smith's story "Scanners Live in Vain".Captives of the Flame
Captives of the Flame is a 1963 science fantasy novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the first novel in the "Fall of the Towers" trilogy. The novel was originally published as Ace Double F-199 together with The Psionic Menace by Keith Woodcott (a pseudonym of John Brunner). It was later rewritten as Out of the Dead City and published by Signet Books in 1968.The stories of the Fall of the Towers trilogy were originally set in the same post-holocaust Earth as Delany's earlier The Jewels of Aptor; linking references, however, were removed in later revised editions.Dhalgren
Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany. It features an extended trip to and through Bellona, a fictional city in the American Midwest cut off from the rest of the world by some unknown catastrophe.Distant Stars
Distant Stars is a 1981 collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories by American writer Samuel R. Delany. Many of the stories originally appeared in the magazines The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Algol and New Worlds, while the novella Empire Star was originally published as an Ace Double with Tree Lord of Imeten by Tom Purdom.Driftglass
Driftglass is a 1971 collection of science fiction short stories by American writer Samuel R. Delany. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Worlds of Tomorrow, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, If and New Worlds or the anthologies Quark/3, Dangerous Visions and Alchemy & Academe.Heavenly Breakfast
Heavenly Breakfast: An Essay on the Winter of Love is a 1979 semi-autobiographical work by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. It details a few years of his life he spent living in a commune in New York City during the winter of 1968, although altering details and at times even offering multiple, alternative accounts of the same events, challenging the reader to question familiar tropes.Heavenly Breakfast was also the name of the folk band that lived in the commune, which consisted of Steve Wiseman, Susan Schweers, and Bert Lee (later of the Central Park Sheiks) and Delany. It is one of several autobiographical works by Delany.Hogg (novel)
Hogg is a novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was written in San Francisco in 1969 and completed just days before the Stonewall Riots in New York City. A further draft was completed in 1973 in London. At the time it was written, no one would publish it due to its graphic descriptions of murder, child molestation, incest, coprophilia, coprophagia, urolagnia, anal-oral contact, necrophilia and rape. Hogg was finally published – with some further, though relatively minor, rewrites – in 1995 by Black Ice Books. The two successive editions have featured some correction, the last of which, published by Fiction Collective 2 in 2004, carries a note at the end stating that it is definitive.Quark/1
Quark/1 is a 1970 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the first anthology in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.Quark/3
Quark/3 is a 1971 anthology of science fiction short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the third volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.Quark/4
Quark/4 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the fourth and final volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology with the exception of "Voortrekker" which had previously appeared in the magazine Frendz.Shorter Views
Shorter Views is a 2000 collection of essays on race, sexuality, science fiction, and the art of writing by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany.Silent Interviews
Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics is a 1995 non-fiction collection of interviews with author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany.
The book was a finalist for the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book.The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction
The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction is a 1986 collection of short stories and novellas by American writer Samuel R. Delany. The collection includes those works by Delany that have won the Nebula Award.The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.
The novel is purportedly influenced by Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus. The protagonist, Lo Lobey, is loosely based on the character of Orpheus, and the character of Kid Death is likewise based on Death in that film.The Fall of the Towers
The Fall of the Towers is a trilogy of science fantasy books by American writer Samuel R. Delany.
First published in omnibus form in 1970, the trilogy was originally published individually as Captives of the Flame (1963, rewritten as Out of the Dead City in 1968), The Towers of Toron (1964), and City of a Thousand Suns (1965). The first two books were somewhat rewritten for the omnibus edition. Delany describes the extent of the rewriting in a final note in the one-volume text.
The stories of the Fall of the Towers trilogy were originally set in the same post-holocaust Earth as Delany's earlier The Jewels of Aptor; however, linking references were removed in later revised editions.The Towers of Toron
The Towers of Toron is a 1964 science fantasy novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the second novel in the "Fall of the Towers" trilogy. The novel was originally published as Ace Double F-261, together with The Lunar Eye by Robert Moore Williams.The stories of the Fall of the Towers trilogy were originally set in the same post-holocaust Earth as Delany's earlier The Jewels of Aptor; however, linking references were removed in later revised editions.They Fly at Çiron
They Fly at Çiron is a 1993 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, wholly rewritten and expanded from a novelette written in the 1960s.Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is a novel by Samuel R. Delany.