The Heterotopian Element
Samuel R. Delany’s Trouble on Triton creates a utopian society on the moon of Triton. For a really quick definition, heterotopia ” is where things are different — that is, a collection whose members have few or no intelligible connections with one another” (qtd. in Heterotopia(space)). Triton, for the most part, is a relatively utopian set up. Everyone is given basic necessities such as food, medicine, education, etc. Now where does the heterotopia exist? Well Bron Helstorm (Note the last name) himself is the heterotopia. Bron starts off in the novel declaring that he is “a reasonably happy man” (Delany 1). As the novel progresses, its clear that A. that’s not true, and B. He is a unreliable narrator. He starts the novel with a lie, and continues to lie by self-justifying it. Triton offers a near limitless realm of possibilities to peruse happiness or purpose, Bron just doesn’t fit in. In Triton, the majority of people live in co-ops, or communes. These people usually share interests with one and other, but Bron has issues with his. Lawrence is totally into him but Bron doesn’t want that (Delany 76). He has a love interest in The Spike, who he goes on a walk with, and does nothing but complain about his problems. Bron’s self-centered attitude is what makes him the heterotopian element. He doesn’t fit in with society because he wants it to revolve around him.
* Found source through –> “Heterotopia (space).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.