On Triton and Other Matters: An Interview with Samuel R. Delany The following text did not originate as any kind of formal interview. Instead it grew out of an. After the last post on Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, it made sense to me to read through Samuel Delany’s Trouble on Triton in my best of. The Dispossessed has the subtitle “An Ambiguous Utopia” and Triton answers with the subtitle “An Ambiguous Heterotopia.” In Delany’s long.

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What others do you simply not want to be there at all? Now, on Triton they have not gotten rid of the second sort of anxiety.

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

Certainly boys—especially white heterosexual boys—are the most privileged creatures in the Western social hierarchy. That’s my favorite thing about this book: I should probably rtiton the last person to talk about Triton at all. But in general I don’t think the science per se should go too far beyond what you’d get in most popular science books—most of them by Isaac Asimov and written for bright 14 year olds.

For the thoughtful reader, this might open up the idea that there are other, legitimate ways of knowing. But what one doesn’t get depany the sense of Triton ‘s dystopian possibilities. It is an exploratory, immersive approach, like a child being given a box of crayons and marveling at the marks they’re making as a form begins to take shape.

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You’re a woman who wants to be a male homosexual? Bron’s home city of Bellona on Mars shares its name with the Bellona where Delany’s other novel Dhalgren is set. It’s just there for you to find. Against a background of high adventure, this minuet of a novel dances from the farthest limits of the solar system to Earth’s own Outer Mongolia. Delany uses scientific thought as the basic assumption for his info-dumps, but he turns this scientific thought into metaphor.


Vlet is a game of sword and sorcery. I’m interested to hear the triotn of a female reader, unfortunately I don’t know many who would pick up anything vaguely resembling science fiction Many take advantage of this ability to metamorphose, but many do not. Probably my favorite thing I’ve read by Delany, and I love Delany. I think it’s rather a nice notion.

There’s a war, a terrible one that kills millions, although, conveniently, not really any of the major characters. Is it the building alone or also the grounds, with it’s green grass and blue water and ddelany sand, etc.

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R. Delany

Although I think it’s easier to identify with Kid than it is with Bron, I suspect [ laughing ] it depends on who you are. I’m only giving one very, very subjective view of the book. In some ideal future world, with ideal readers, the books might all be considered part of a larger amorphous work, “Some Informal Remarks Toward the Modular Calculus,” to which Triton is the SF prologue.

The writing itself tends to be highly polished—at its best. You’re white, and you want to be black, or orange?


Someone once told me there was a good idea shop down on Fourteenth Street I agree that trying to push change though based upon theory or too fast is a bad idea, If someone tried to initiate social change based on one of these books or one of these theorists, the result would not be good.

He wants and wants and will often do things to get what he wants that he only perceives as harmful in hindsight—mildly sociopathic would be a good term, perhaps.

Then, at the very center of the brain, sits this little transcendental human form who receives it all and actually is the consciousness that understands, perceives, knows The Trouble with Trouble on Triton”Tor. High wit in this future comedy of manners allows Delany to question gender roles and sexual expectations at a level that, 20 years after it was written, still make it a co In a story as exciting as any science fiction adventure written, Samuel R.


I suspect I’m not clever enough for it- but, you know, I hear Dhalgren is very clever, but similar to this I remembered while reading it I thought pockets of its description and arguments were interesting and highly original, but the rest was bland- and I’m always in a state of perpetual unease about who’s going to sleep with whom delay what I’m supposed to think of it, even although I’m not engaged in the lives of any of the characters The people who vote for tax system P, administered by candidate Joey, pay three quarters of a per cent edlany taxes, but work a quarter of an hour less per day than the people who voted for tax system Q, administered by candidate Suzy.

And it was dedicated to me; it read something like: The fact is, I don’t think SF can be really utopian. But that’s not even to broach topics like astrology, fundamentalism, various forms of spiritualism, and UFOs. This novel is about how, even in a utopia, some people just couldn’t be happy, and that’s why I say the novel is so splendidly psychological.

For a particularly nice bit on this, without giving much away, check delanu the narrator’s view on women at the end of the book, and specifically how their psychologist also mars emigrated! He then moved to the English Department of Temple University inwhere he has been teaching since. And I’ve already talked about the political dimensions to his own problems that Bron himself trifon blind to and that only emerge in the second appendix. The book has so little of the usual SF action-plot, too, that it’s a relief: Two of the students, Diane Illing and Peta Kom, recorded that session; and perhaps a year thereafter, my former assistant, Donna McGee, made a valiant effort to “decipher” their tapes.