Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction and Some Comics
A collection of substantial written interviews.
Samuel R. Delany, whose theoretically sophisticated science fiction and fantasy has won him a broad audience among academics and fans of postmodernist fiction, offers insights into and explorations of his own experience as writer, critic, theorist, and gay black man in his new collection of written interviews, a form he describes as a type of "guided essay." Gathered from sources as diverse as Diacritics and Comics Journal, these interviews reveal the broad range of his thought and interests.
"Samuel R. Delany never shies away from contestable positions or provocative opinions. In his fiction, Delany can write like quicksilver, and in lectures or panel discussions, he is easily SF's most articulate spokesperson in academia . . . There is much here that is not covered in Delany's critical or autiobiographical writings, and much that anyone seriously interested in SF -- or many of Delany's other favorite topics -- ought to consider."—Locus
"Delany is fascinating whether discussing SF, comics, or his experiences as a Black American, and this collection . . . is as entertaining as it is informative."—Science Fiction Chronicle
"This is a suberb and important book for anyone interested in Delany, SF, or SF criticism . . . engaging, well put together, fun to read, and challenging. As usual, with anything written by Delany, the texts all operate at many levels: personal, historical, critical, theoretical, and metatheoretical."—Extrapolation
"Delany has a unique place in late 20th century letters. A lifelong inhabitant of the margins, both social and literary, he has used his marginalized status as a lens to focus his astute observations of American literature and society. From these interviews his voice emerges, provocative, precise, and engaging."—Kathleen Spencer