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Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village

"In this unexpurgated edition of his award-winning autobiography, Samuel R. Delany beautifully, vividly, and insightfully calls up the 1960s era of exploration and adventure in the Lower East Side of New York City. He details his development as a black gay writer in an open marriage, with tertiary walk-ons by Bob Dylan, Stokely Carmichael, W. H. Auden, Stormé DeLarverie (Mary Davies), and James Baldwin. Winner of the 1989 Hugo Award for Non-fiction."

"A very moving, intensely fascinating literary biography from an extraordinary writer. Thoroughly admirable candor and luminous stylistic precision; the artist as a young man and a memorable picture of an age."

--William Gibson

"The prose of The Motion of Light in Water often has the shimmering beauty of the title itself. . . . This book is invaluable gay history."

--Inches Magazine

Hugo Award Winner


"There's so much in it, so much history and culture and scientific speculation and plot that it's hard to cover any of it at all and not just sit there burbling "brilliant, brilliant."

--Jo Walton, "Like Pop Rocks for the Brain: Samuel R. Delany"

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains

of Sand


"The very best ever to come out of the science fiction field . . . A literary landmark."

--Theodore Sturgeon, Galaxy



Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.



Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

The Einstein Intersection


"[Nova] reads like Moby Dick at a strobe-light show!"

--Roger Sale, Time


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