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Samuel Delany

Data de nascimento: 1. Abril 1942

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Samuel Ray Delany Jr. é um premiado autor americano de ficção científica. Ele escreveu trabalhos generosamente aclamados pela crítica, incluindo os romances, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Hogg, Dhalgren, e a série The Return to Nevèrÿon. Depois de ganhar quatro prêmios nebulosa e dois prêmios Hugo ao longo de sua carreira, Delany foi introduzido no Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame em 2002.

De janeiro de 2001 a maio de 2015, ele lecionou inglês e escrita criativa na Universidade Temple, na Filadélfia. Ele é largamente conhecido no mundo acadêmico como crítico literário. Em 2010 ele venceu o J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction da Academia de Eaton Science Fiction Conference da UCR Libraries. O Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America nomeou ele o 30º SFWA Grand Master em 2013.

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„Always remember the objects you are working with.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: Always remember the objects you are working with. When you make a bridge, remember you are putting steel on stone and dirt. … Some day you will write poems to a little girl: marks with ink on paper. … When you are making love, you are moving flesh against flesh. That is the basis of all magic. (p. 30)

„Once I was as ignorant as you; I swear, though, I can’t remember when.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: I must remember my own origins. Once I was as ignorant as you; I swear, though, I can’t remember when. Section 9

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„A lesson which history should have taught us thousands of years ago was finally driven home. No man can wield absolute power over other men and still retain his own mind.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: A lesson which history should have taught us thousands of years ago was finally driven home. No man can wield absolute power over other men and still retain his own mind. For no matter how good his intentions are when he takes up the power, his alternate reason is that freedom, the freedom of other people and ultimately his own, terrifies him. Only a man afraid of freedom would want this power, who could conceive of wielding it. And that fear of freedom will turn him into a slave of this power. Chapter X (p. 133)

„Dictators during the entire history of this planet have used similar techniques. By not letting the people of their country know what conditions existed outside their boundaries, they could get the people to fight to stay in those conditions.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: Dictators during the entire history of this planet have used similar techniques. By not letting the people of their country know what conditions existed outside their boundaries, they could get the people to fight to stay in those conditions. It was the old adage: Convince a slave that he’s free, and he will fight to maintain his slavery. Chapter X (p. 133)

„The science of probability gives mathematical expression to our ignorance, not to our wisdom.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: If everything, everything were known, statistical estimates would be unnecessary. The science of probability gives mathematical expression to our ignorance, not to our wisdom.

„Only a man afraid of freedom would want this power, who could conceive of wielding it. And that fear of freedom will turn him into a slave of this power.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: A lesson which history should have taught us thousands of years ago was finally driven home. No man can wield absolute power over other men and still retain his own mind. For no matter how good his intentions are when he takes up the power, his alternate reason is that freedom, the freedom of other people and ultimately his own, terrifies him. Only a man afraid of freedom would want this power, who could conceive of wielding it. And that fear of freedom will turn him into a slave of this power. Chapter X (p. 133)

„It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind. (p. 163)

„That is the basis of all magic.“

—  Samuel R. Delany
Context: Always remember the objects you are working with. When you make a bridge, remember you are putting steel on stone and dirt. … Some day you will write poems to a little girl: marks with ink on paper. … When you are making love, you are moving flesh against flesh. That is the basis of all magic. (p. 30)

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