Samuel R. Delany

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(April 1, 1942 –)

Samuel Ray "Chip" Delany, Jr. is an American pro writer, critic, academic and editor.

His early work (he debuted with a novel when was 20) may be considerer a high-quality space opera, but even by the time of The Einstein Intersection (1967) and Nova (1968) he was moving towards the New Wave writing which was far more experimental and less popular. Dhalgren (1975), which sold a million copies, is an exception in the latter respect, but it is probably the book most likely to be cited by fans as important, but unreadable – for many years "How far did you manage to get into Dhalgren?" was a common fannish question.

Since the 1990s he has been primarily active as a critic, publishing little fiction, and non-genre at that, although his thick Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2012) is couched in alternate history.

Though openly gay, he was married to Marilyn Hacker in 1961–80. Their daughter, Iva Hacker-Delany, was born in 1974.

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