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Samuel Ray Delany
(1942 - living) U.S.A.

Samuel Delany



Samuel DelanyPopular and critically acclaimed science fiction writer. Delany is one of the few African Americans writing in that genre. His surname is also spelled Delaney.

Born in Harlem, New York, he was aware of his sexual preference by the age of 10, and recorded his fantasies in a diary.

Unfortunately, his mother found the diary, resulting in him having to undergo therapy, in an attempt to make him heterosexual, a fate not uncommon among lesbians and gays in the 1950s and 1960s.
Samuel DelanyIn 1962 he published his first science fiction text, The Jewel of Aptor. Subsequently, he wrote many further volumes of science fiction.

Between 1961 and 1980 Delany was married to the young, Jewish, lesbian poet Marilyn Hacker, who knew of his sexual preferences. In 1988 Delany came out as gay in his autobiography The Motion of Light in Water.

Delany has, like many other writers, recently become increasingly outspoken on gay issues. He is undoubtedly a role model for young gay African-Americans still believing they can find a place in American society.


Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

Samuel DelanyHis work include:

  • The Jewels of Aptor (1962)
  • The Einstein Intersection (1967)
  • Nova (1968)
  • Neveryona or: The tale of Signs and Cities (1983)
  • Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand (1984)
  • Flight from Nveryon (1987)
  • The Motion of Light in Water (1988)
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