Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. “Chip” Delany won four Nebula Awards by the age of 26 and is arguably the best science fiction writer in the world. After his seventh novel, Empire Star (1966), Samuel Delany began publishing short fiction professionally with The Star Pit. It appeared in Worlds of Tomorrow and was turned into a popular two-hour radio play, broadcast annually over WBAI-FM for more than a decade.

Two tales, Aye, and Gomorrah and Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones, won Nebula Awards as best SF short stories in 1967 and 1969. Aye, and Gomorrah contain all the significant short science fiction and fantasy Delany published between 1965 and 1988.

Samuel Delany made our Kool Cats and Hip Chicks list because he is one of the few Blacks who wrote for DC Comics during the 1970’s, scripting two issues of Wonder Woman. When asked about his writings for comics Mr. Delany said to NYC Press: “I’ve loved comics for years, I really enjoy writing about them. Still, it’s not my genre. So I tend to wait till I’m asked. Twenty-two-odd years back, packager Byron Preiss and artist Howie Chaykin came to me, wondering if I’d be interested in doing a science fiction comic. I said, sure, it sounds like fun”.

Wonder Woman #202 is part of The Museum of UnCut Funk Collection.

Wonder Woman #203 is part of The Museum of UnCut Funk Collection.

Samuel R. Delany was born in 1942. The native New Yorker teaches English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is the Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program. In July of 2002 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He is the nephew of the The Delany Sisters…yes The Delany Sisters…Sadie and Bessie of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ The First 100 Years.

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