Samuel R. Delany on “The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction”
September 9, 2012 (originally: 09.25.2011)
Samuel R. Delany has been described as “American science fiction’s most consistently brilliant and inventive writer.” Delany’s non-fiction includes the essay collection, “The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction.”
2:00 “when the words are put together in poetic form, you listen to them differently. You pay attention to them differently. When they’re put together in a prose form, again you pay a different kind of attention to them. And it’s the same thing with science fiction.”
2:33 “Then her world exploded”
Junot Diaz on Samuel R. Delany
April 13, 2014
Writer Junot Diaz tells us why he’s a big fan of Samuel R. Delany’s novel, “Dark Reflections”.
How to lose the one you love
Nature Physics 10, 172 (2014)
I have to admit that Jil lian was truly one to die for. I’d never seen a woman whose visage struck me so deeply — smack-dab in my gut, and various regions nearby. Whenever I saw her in the flesh, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would insinuate itself into my brain, and I would reel in response to the ecstasy of her divine musical theme.
Many wise men throughout the ages have written about this sensation. Suffice it for me to say that, if she were a predator and I were her prey, I’d gladly give up my bodily organs for her to feast upon.
Every Girl Dreams Of Falling In Love
by Robert Drake
Sculptured metal rose petals abloom against a desert night. That’s what happens to the hull when a starship generator blows. It’s the pressure, not the heat. Superheated plasma locked up inside of a metal box. Doesn’t leave much for salvage. Doesn’t leave much for history either.
Science and Fiction – A Springer Series
Readers can look forward to a broad range of topics, as intriguing as they are important. Here just a few by way of illustration:
• Time travel, superluminal travel, wormholes, teleportation
• Extraterrestrial intelligence and alien civilizations
• Artificial intelligence, planetary brains, the universe as a computer, simulated worlds
• Non-anthropocentric viewpoints
• Synthetic biology, genetic engineering, developing nanotechnologies
• Eco/infrastructure/meteorite-impact disaster scenarios
• Future scenarios, transhumanism, posthumanism, intelligence explosion
• Virtual worlds, cyberspace dramas
• Consciousness and mind manipulation
Words and music
Ronald D. Ferguson
Nature 482, 126 (02 February 2012)
Unaided, I cannot speak Utmano.
My base vocabulary is okay, and I might squeeze out a few words, but the Utmano tonal range is 14 octaves.
They have some vocabulary modifiers well above 20,000 hertz, which is likely to make your neighbour’s dog bark.
Humans have a more limited range. I use a synthesizer to …
If you watch old videos, Julie Andrews had a four-octave range, Mariah Carey perhaps five, but most people can’t do that.
I certainly can’t. I’m good at listening to the symphony that Utmano call speech.
Ronald D. Ferguson
The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14
August 05, 2013
Summer Reading List
May 31, 2013
What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out
June 11, 2013
as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books.
High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren’t assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.
Walter Dean Myers, who is currently serving as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, says that these juniors and seniors are reading books that he wrote with fifth- and sixth-graders in mind.
Anita Silvey, author of 500 Great Books for Teens.
… a study of kids’ reading habits by Renaissance Learning.
For the fifth year in a row, the educational company used its Accelerated Reader program to track what kids are reading in grades one through 12.
‘Equilaterial’: Martians, Oil And A Hole In The Desert
April 24, 2013
Ken Kalfus began his public writing career relatively late.
He published his first book at the age of 44.
Ever since then, he’s been making up for lost time.
Thayer … has stayed out in the midday sun too long.