Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
In this far-future classic, sexual attraction is a science, gender is a whole new construct, and information is both precious and perilous . . .
With a burst of radiation to the brain, an angry young man is transformed into a dim-witted slave—suitable only for the most brutal work. But the tragedy of Rat Korga is the prologue to the story of Marq Dyeth, an “industrial diplomat,” who travels from world to world in this exciting, sprawling future, solving problems that come with the spread of “General Information.” The greatest fear in this future is Cultural Fugue, a critical mass of shared knowledge that can destroy life over the surface of an entire world in hours. In this dizzyingly original novel, information is perilous, but without it a human is only a rat in a cage.
Campbell Award winner Jo Walton described this science fiction landmark as being “like pop rocks for the brain. . . . Things sparkle and explode all over, and it’s not entirely comfortable but it is quite wonderful.” This classic read predicted the Internet and is packed with themes that still resonate today.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Samuel R. Delany including rare images from his early career.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
“A rocket launch, a phoenix reborn, a new Delany novel—three wonderful, fiery events.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
“Some of the most lyrical and stirring passages in Delany’s work fuse the juncture between art, technology and social science.” —The Village Voice
About the author
Samuel R. Delany
Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at the age of twenty. Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. Delany’s works also extend into memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as the former director of its graduate creative writing program.