Deciphering Science Fiction
Samuel Delaney’s writing has been quite challenging for me. I find it to be surprising that the majority of the class find “Trouble On Triton” an easier read when compared to “Island” by Aldous Huxley. I have a few new angles in my perspective from working on this particular blog that has me rereading to understand what I’ve missed. It feels like Delaney is a Baptist, cleansing me of my literary device ignorance’s. In a dialogue between Delaney and Joanna Russ, he is questioned on his usage of paraliterature. Delaney is sure to be precise with the definitions of his words not only here but also in his novel. Its like he knows when there will be confusion. Defining the realm outside of what I’ve known acted the same way as salt when placed on ice, helping me gain traction when reading science fiction. Another moment of insight was when Russ laid out the utilization of metaphors in science fiction. Her example of light being knowledge truly became words manifesting into my reality. It sounds so simple when I write it down, but reading this dialogue between Russ and Delaney has been nothing short of pure insight. Contemplating what we know about the universe being owed to light has me questioning why the stars in the sky seem like hanging lights? I feel receptive at the least by being formally introduced to these particular qualities of science fiction. If anyone has any tips for reading this genre, I’m listening.
Delaney, S., & Russ, J. (n.d.). A Dialogue: Samuel Delany and Joanna Russ on Science Fiction [Interview by Johnson]. John Hopkins University Press, pp. 27-35.