Legendary science-fiction author, professor, and literary critic Samuel Delany discussed his extraordinary life and prolific writing last semester as part of a Pratt Institute course on alternative speculative fiction.
Following a presentation of a 2007 documentary about Delany, Ira Livingston, chair of the Humanities and Media Studies Department, which organized the event, introduced Delany to the packed classroom and opened the floor to students’ questions.
The winner of four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2002. He is also a recipient of the Pilgrim Award for outstanding scholarship in science-fiction studies and a winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to Lesbian and Gay Literature. He is the director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Delany’s latest novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, was published by Alyson Books in 2011.
Delany’s talk was part of a continuing series on performance and performance studies theory on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus organized by the Department of Humanities and Media Studies.
You can watch Delany’s talk by clicking below.