Although he has written much outside the genre, Samuel R. Delany is, along with Octavia Butler, one of two African Americans who, as writers, rank near the top of science fiction authors and is, along with Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed, one the best contemporary African American novelists.
While in grad school, I, from 1965 to 1969, first read Delany and regarded him as one of the best young writers years before realizing, he is an African American. I've followed his work ever since. Years ago, my wife and I were thrilled to have Chip's company for dinner on several occasions while my baby daughter slept in her crib. Now that daughter, aged 22, is a writer and a fan of Delany. For her I write these web pages.
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