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Nebula Award Finalist: Reality has come unglued and a mad civilization takes root in Bellona, in this science fiction classic.
A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there . . . In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound.
So begins Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany’s masterwork, which in 1975 opened a new door for what science fiction could mean. A labyrinth of a novel, it raises questions about race, sexuality, identity, and art, but gives no easy answers, in a city that reshapes itself with each step you take . . .
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Samuel R. Delany including rare images from his early career.
Dhalgren’s the secret masterpiece, the city-book-labyrinth that has swallowed astonished readers alive for almost thirty years. Its beauty and force still seem to be growing.” —Jonathan Lethem
“The very best ever to come out of the science fiction field.” —Theodore Sturgeon
“The most remarkable prose stylist to have emerged from the culture of American science fiction.” —William Gibson
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.

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Inconsequential Garbage

Initially I was intrigued, but that didn't last. Incredibly boring book lacking any redeeming qualities. Lots of sex occasionally made it interesting - but even that part was lifeless and dull. This book is not ABOUT anything, consisting only of ramblings and rantings, leading nowhere. I am having a hard time understanding why I read the whole thing - I wish someone had told me how bad it was before I started, and I would have saved $10 and the weeks of suffering it took to get through this. An embarrassment to the genre of science fiction.

Lasting Impact

I read this book in grade school. It was a difficult read, and I didn't understand allot of the themes. Now forty-some years later, I still remember the book and the sun baked landscape of the city and its inhabitants. Every now and then I flirt with the idea of taking a trip back to the city, meet the kid, and experience of the odyssey with mature eyes.

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  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: Jan 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 801 Pages
  • Language: English
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