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Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction [NOOK Book]

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In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. By recognizing a text’s specific “difference,” we begin to see the quality of its particulars. Through riveting analyses of works by Joanna Russ, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and Thomas M. Disch, Delany reveals critical strategies for reading that move beyond overwrought theorizing and...
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Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

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Overview

In Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany explores the implications of his now-famous assertion that science fiction is not about the future. Rather, it uses the future as a means of talking about the present and its potentiality. By recognizing a text’s specific “difference,” we begin to see the quality of its particulars. Through riveting analyses of works by Joanna Russ, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and Thomas M. Disch, Delany reveals critical strategies for reading that move beyond overwrought theorizing and formulaic thinking. Throughout, the author performs the kinds of careful inquiry and urgent speculation that he calls others to engage in.
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“Samuel Delany is without doubt a fine writer and intellectual critic without equal.”—S. Raeschild, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819572943
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 552 KB

Meet the Author

SAMUEL R. DELANY is an acclaimed novelist and critic who teaches English and creative writing at Temple University and is the author of numerous works of fiction and criticism, most recently his novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. MATTHEW CHENEY is a columnist for Strange Horizons and writes regularly for his weblog, The Mumpsimus.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Starboard Wine, an Author’s Introduction
Science Fiction And Difference: An Introduction to Starboard Wine – Matthew Cheney
The Necessity of Tomorrow(s)
Heinlein
Some Presumptuous Approaches to Science Fiction
Sturgeon
Science Fiction and “Literature”—or, The Conscience of the King
Russ
An Experimental Talk
Disch, I
Disch, II
Dichtung und Science Fiction
Three Letters to Science Fiction Studies
A Letter from New York
Another Letter from New York
A Letter from Rome
Reflections on Historical Models
Index
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