Bron’s character in Trouble on Triton in the beginning seems to be the kind of person who should be happy. He is well liked by others as Delany writes on page 40 in the book, “Yet he still considered Alfred his friend, because Alfred, like all his others had come to him.” Bron also is at a fairly good job that he seems to do well at when he concentrates, for example he finally figures out the day star problem (117). Bron still though even with what would seem like a good life is unhappy, as he admits to the Spike on page 98. I think that Bron is his own problem and that he keeps himself unhappy. Through out the first half of the novel he purposefully keeps people from being close to him. He doesn’t become close friends with anyone he lives with by his choice he seems to alienate Sam and Lawrence. Bron seems so wrapped up in his own past that he cannot move forward and get to know people. I did not notice how rooted in the past he was until the dialog between him and Sam where Sam admits that the first time he heard about Bron and prostitution he was shocked, but then Sam goes and also points out that the shock value wears off after being told multiple times (127).
The way that Bron is absorbed in himself reminds me of a character from Futurama, Captain Zapp Brannigan. Both characters admit that they are unhappy but are too self absorbed to really change anything. Another interesting parallel between the two characters is that they are both so overconfident in themselves that they do not read others correctly. An example for Bron is his problem with Miriamne, he immediately wants to sleep with her, but completely misses the fact that she does not reciprocate the feeling. Zapp in the show becomes infatuated with another female character Leela who again does not reciprocate the feeling in any way. Both characters could have probably saved themselves some heartache by actually paying attention to their surroundings.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton. Middleton: Wesleyan University Press, 1976. Print.