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Stories for Chip [KINDLE] ❆ Stories for Chip ❤ Nisi Shawl – Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R “Chip” Delany Award winning SF luminaries suc Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R “Chip” Delany Award winning SF luminaries such as Michael Swanwick Nalo Hopkinson and Eileen Gunn contribute original fiction and creative nonfiction From surrealistic visions of bucolic road trips to erotic transgressions to mind expanding analyses of Delany’s influence on the genre—as an out gay man an African American and possessor of a startlingly acute intellect—this book conveys the scope of the subject’s sometimes troubling always rewarding genius Editors Stories for PDF \ Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have given Delany and the world at large a gorgeous haunting illuminating and deeply satisfying gift of a book.

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  1. Charles Dee Mitchell Charles Dee Mitchell says:

    Stories for Chip is a collection of fiction and essays in honor of Samuel Delany Two ways of approaching this review suggest themselves1 Since I have read only two Delany novels and would place neither on my favorite list I could humbly remove myself from making further comment2 I could consider my relative lack of first hand experience of Delany’s work as a plus when it comes to considering the stories anthologized here strictly on their own meritsObviously I am going to go with the second option but I need to say something about the firstI read Nova and The Einstein Intersection about four years ago Nova I didn’t particularly like for reasons I no longer clearly remember Einstein entertained and intrigued me although I remember not uite “getting” the end Looking at other reader reviews I saw that I was not alone in that response Looking recently at a range of reader reviews I see that Delany can be a polarizing author Encomia are balanced out by disparaging comments from those who find the work opaue or over written This is especially true when it comes to Delany’s big books Dahlgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand In one of his letters Philip K Dick an author I think very highly of reports throwing his copy of Dahlgren across the room before he was a hundred pages into it In some cases readers are put off by Delany's content These negative sometimes angry responses combined with what I’ve read in this new book have actually renewed my interest in going back to Delany I have also read a third Delany novel When I was in the book business a small gay publishing house needed to remainder a few hundred copies of Hogg one of Delany’s forays into pornography I bought them and sold them for between 10 and 50 as their number decreased I also read it I can’t take the time to be shocked but it is a variety of violent transgressive pornography that leaves me puzzled about both its purpose and its audience But a recent edition of the Los Angeles Review of Books ran an article on Hogg “Uses of Displeasure Literary Value and Affective Disgust” by Liz Janssen Again the jury is splitStories for Chip is not a collection of pastiches The writers have apparently been chosen because they work under Delany’s influence and address his themes I have to say “apparently” because the book comes with essentially no editorial content and it is badly needed This situation was worsened by the advance ebook I received from Net Galley The Table of Contents listed a Contributors page but it was nowhere to be found And the transcription was the worst I have ever encountered Words were run together sometimesuptotheextentofanentire sentence A couple of stories with particularly dense or playful language were unreadableThere is a lot of very good stuff here and even the absence of the Contributors section worked to my advantage I knew only a fraction of these writers and several of those only by name Most of the stories occasioned a trip to Google where I found information and links I would not have in the couple of sentences the book itself might have containedThe contributors are an international multi ethnic roster whose interest in Delany shows in their attention to race and gender and the pleasure they take in language The book was funded by an Indiegogo campaign and the publisher’s website had an open call for submissions Somehow I doubt that Junot Diaz Nalo Hopksinson Kit Reed Michael Swannick and a few of the others answered an open call And then there is Thomas Disch who died in 2008 As I said above editorial content is badly needed but finally that can’t take away from the enjoyment of the 30 stories and four critical essays includedA few personal favorites specifically from authors I did not knowClaude Lalumiere “Empathy Evolving as a uantum of Eight Dimensional Perception” A misanthropic human time traveler finds himself millions of years in the future Octopi are the dominant species and if they don’t eat you they absorb you This sets off a change of incarnations over the eons in one of which the cephalopodhuman entity may become God Anil Menon “Clarity” A professor of computer science in India finds himself living inside one of the theoretical models he and his co workers consider thought experimentsGeentajali Dighe “The Last Dying Man” According to Hinduism the world destroys and recreates itself in cycles involving millions of years And yet it has to happen sometime A man and his daughter in Mumbai find themselves dealing with the day to day reality of the transitionWeslyan Univserity Press keeps in print around 1500 pages of Delany’s critical and theoretical writing and he prompts a fair amount of critical writing from others There are several essays here but Walida Imarisha’s very personal account of her engagement with both the man and his writing best conveys the significance Delany has had on writers of color “So long seen as the lone Black voice in commercial science fiction Delany held that space for all the fantastical dreamers of color who came after him” She goes on to propose that she and other writers become “walking science fictionliving breathing embodiments of the most daring futures our ancestors were able to imagine”She is not asking anyone to sign onto her vision but reading Stories for Chip you see that vision in action

  2. Daniel Daniel says:

    Publishing since the age of twenty Samuel R Delany is a highly respected novelist and literary critic alike Familiarly known as “Chip” Delany has written science fiction and fantasy SFF known for pushing boundaries for challenging the notions of speculative genres and experimenting with approaches to literature in general Delany’s writing both subverts conventions and transcends fiction to explore social realities most notably the existence of the Other Indeed as a man who could be described with terms such as academic homosexual polymath African American and intelligent Delany writes from the point of view of the Other a spectrum of under represented perspectives within SFFBoth Delany’s fiction and nonfiction have been hugely influential inspiring and appreciated partly due to this uniue vision However his works have also resonated so strongly because Delany’s vision is not just uniue but uniuely brilliant honest and perceptive With all of its challenges and transgressions against comfortable familiarity Delany’s work strikes universal human chords conveying both beauty and progressive encouragementDelany’s 1975 novel of apocalyptic literature Dhalgren remains the best known representation of the themes to his fiction and so far happens to be the only piece of fiction I’ve read by the author It is hard to read past works when it’s so much to just keep up with the new wonders Thus reading a recent collection of works written in appreciation of Delany reminded me a lot of my experience reading an issue of The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction in tribute of Gene Wolfe soon after starting to really read extensively At the time utterly unfamiliar with the author much significance was surely lost to me Nevertheless how I did enjoy it despite its challenges and personal obscurityStories For Chip A Tribute to Samuel R Delany published by Rosarium Press and edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell is a remarkable collection of both fiction and essays that very correctly does not aim to emulate Delany’s style or even to copy the precise themes of his highly personal works Yet elements that echo Delany are certainly present in the fiction here from eroticism to explorations of identity and perceptionAt times surreal the stories here are often as subversive and challenging as Delany’s own writing making the collection no light reading But as with Nisi Shawl’s own collection Filter House this anthology will be meaningful to the right readers and bears repeated readings Of the thirty three pieces that make up the collection nine are reprints and the remainder original Of the reprints Junot Díaz’s “Nilda” first published in The New Yorker is likely the only one that probably reached a particularly large audienceThe nonfiction essays of the collection are mostly focused reflections on Delany’s works and influence in a broad Imarisha’s essay individual Swanwik’s or combined Lavender’s context This avoids including critical essays that try to tackle Delany’s own academic interest and experience directly and it also provides readers who may be new to Delany some context for appreciating some details of the story a bit Without any editorial comments from Shawl and Campbell which honestly would have been still nice these essays become near essential for some readers I’ve previously enjoyed a collection of essays edited by Lavender so reading in this vein was welcomeLike the contributors to the collection the writing itself covers a significant diversity A few instances of fiction particularly the opening story by Eileen Gunn are even closer to exercises in creative nonfiction My personal two favorite stories among the fiction offerings were those by Claude Lalumière and the collaboration between Nalo Hopkinson and editor Shawl Lalumière’s “Empathy Evolving as a uantum of Eight Dimensional Perception” falls into one my favorite categories the weird alien encounter In this case octopuses that dominate a far future Earth discover a human time traveler and attempt to absorb understanding of this strange creature “Jamaica Ginger” by Hopkinson and Shawl is a far “conventional” steam punk tale that provides the most pure enjoyment from the collectionThough I was going to limit myself to two I just can’t help also mentioning Chesya Burke’s “For Sale Fantasy Coffins Ababuo Need Not Apply” and Sheree Renée Thomas’ “River Clap Your Hands” a pair of fantasies each with intense emotional resonance and powerful characterizationStories For Chip is a collection that both makes you want to go and rediscover what was so special about Delany while also look for by some authors that are likely unknown to most readers No work is really “for everyone” but people who are looking for depth and diversity and challenges compared to what they may normally encounter in the SFF genres should find much to appreciate in this tribute anthologyContents“Michael Swanwick and Samuel R Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area March 2005” by Eileen Gunn“Billy Tumult” by Nick Harkaway“Voice Prints” by devorah major“Delany Encounters Or Another Reason Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction” by Isiah Lavender III“Clarity” by Anil Menon“When Two Swordsmen Meet” by Ellen Kushner“For Sale Fantasy Coffin Ababuo Need Not Apply” by Chesya Burke“Holding Hands with Monsters” by Haralambi Markov“Song for the Asking” by Carmelo Rafala“Kickenders” by Kit Reed“Walking Science Fiction Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction” by Walidah Imarisha“Heart of Brass” by Alex Jennings“Empathy Evolving as a uantum of Eight Dimensional Perception” by Claude Lalumière“Be Three” by Jewelle Gomez“Guerilla Mural of a Siren’s Song” by Ernest Hogan“An Idyll in Erewhyna” by Hal Duncan“Real Mothers a Faggot Uncle and the Name of the Father Samuel R Delany’s Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF” by L Timmel Duchamp“Nilda” by Junot Díaz“The First Gate of Logic” by Benjamin Rosenbaum“The Master of the Milford Altarpiece” by Thomas M Disch“River Clap Your Hands” by Sheree Renée Thomas“Haunt type Experience” by Roz Clarke“Eleven Stations” by Fábio Fernandes“” by Kai Ashante Wilson“On My First Reading of The Einstein Intersection” by Michael Swanwick“Characters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook” by Kathryn Cramer“Hamlet’s Ghost Sighted in Frontenac KS” by Vincent Czyz“Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets” by Tenea D Johnson“Clones” by Alex Smith“The Last Dying Man” by Geentanjali Dighe“Capitalism in the 22nd Century” by Geoff Ryman“Jamaica Ginger” by Nalo Hopkinson Nisi Shawl“Festival” by Chris BrownDisclaimer I received a free advanced reading copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review that originally appeared at SkiffyandFantycom

  3. Morgan Dhu Morgan Dhu says:

    I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of Stories for Chip A Tribute to Samuel Delany edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell since I first heard it was in the pipeline for a very personal reason Delany was one of the first authors not just of science fiction but of any genre who wrote books that crawled inside my brain and stayed there There are others Suzette Haden Elgin and Naomi Mitchison among them but I can honestly say that simply reading Babel 17 was such a world altering event for me that had I never encountered it I might be a very different person todayIn short Samuel Delany and his work are very important to me Contributions to this volume include fiction and non fiction and they are tributes reflections of how Delany has influenced other writers rather than attempts to recreate Delany's aesthetic As Kim Stanley Robinson says in his IntroductionThese tributes mostly don’t try to imitate Delany’s style which is good as it is a very personal style one that has morphed through the years in complex ways Imitation could only result in pastiche or parody forms of limited interest although a good parody can be fun and I’ve seen some pretty good ones of Delany’s work elsewhere A “Bad Delany” contest would be at least as funny as the famous “Bad Hemingway” and “Bad Faulkner” contests But a better tribute as the writers gathered here seem to agree results from considering not style but substance Delany’s subject matter his mode or method involves a characteristic mix of the analytical and the emotional the realistic and the utopian By exploring this delanyesue space and I think delanyesue has become an adjective like ballardian or orwellian or kafkaesue the stories and essays here make the best kind of tribute They perhaps help to make the Delanyspace a new genre or subgenre However that works it’s certain that Delany’s work has effected a radical reorientation of every genre he has written in Time and other writers will tell the seuel as to what that means for science fiction fantasy sword and sorcery pornography memoir and criticism Here we get hints of what that will be likeThere are no weak contributions in this collection only strong and stronger Among those that hit hardest for me Chesya Burke's powerful heart breaking short story For Sale Fantasy Coffins Abobua Need Not Apply Walidah Imarisha's essay on the importance of imagining black futures Walking Science Fiction Samuel Delany and Visionary Futures Be Three by Jewelle Gomez a parable about forbidden relationships and the desperate need to find some way for love to survive Junot Diaz' Nilda a bleak story about the existential despair of the marginalised the unvoiced pain of personal loss and the self destructive roles we are pushed into by social forces beyond our control River Clap Your Hands by Sheree Renée Thomas is a powerful story about loss loss of heritage and lineage loss of home and comfort loss of future hopes and about going forward to find a new life in spite of it Jamaica Ginger by Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl a steampunk tale of a young woman who finds her way out of a seemingly dead end situation This anthology contains 14 contributions by women out of 34 pieces including the Introduction

  4. Clare O& Clare O& says:

    His screams are lost in a cacophony of cyclonic arpeggios There's a lot of that sort of sentence in this collection of shorts by various writers There are also a few essays on being a black person who reads and writes SF in which works by the black Delaney are analysed to pieces Among comments are that editor John W Campbell was racist anti women and anti Zionist which wouldn't have occurred to me given that he published Asimov One writer claims that his college writing tutor belittled him and his approach specifically because he was black while admitting that he was taking an easier approach than the other students who were comparing with philosophers We are also told that cyberpunk a la Gibson could not have arrived without 1970s feminist SF I think it would; times change But these essays are heavily annotated I hope the authors don't mind some mild disagreement Especially since some of them run short of prepositions I read Delaney's short 'Aye And Gomorrah' which made an immediate impression and stuck with me for ever despite my not having a clue that the author was a gay black man I wouldn't have cared The story read well involved me and said something important Sadly I did not enjoy a single one of the tales in this collection which deal with future life America aliens and ships of various sorts More story and less style please I say this without knowing if any author is a man woman gay man lesbian robot of any nation or race unless they specifically said so But I'm afraid to reflect my lack of enjoyment which may be based on the fact that many of them are dark fiction bordering on horror and several are strongly infested with swear words and or violence with fewer than three stars in case I'm accused of discrimination Which in itself seems to me to be discrimination Well I'm sure somebody else will enjoy the stories than I did A copy of this book was sent to me for an unbiased review

  5. Glaiza Glaiza says:

    Delany was instrumental in supporting the decolonization of my imagination truly the most dangerous and subversive decolonization process for once it has started there are no limits on what can been visioned This type of science fictionspeculative fiction“visionary fiction” as opposed to mainstream SF that reinforces dominant paradigms of power and oppression – is the foundation of my work now thanks to visionaries like Delany Butler Due and many others– 'Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction' by Walidah Imarisha from Stories for Chip A Tribute to Samuel R DelanyI must admit that I have only read two short stories by Samuel R Delany For the curious Aye and Gomorrah and Time Considered as a Helix of Semi Precious Stones Both can be found in Aye and Gomorrah And Other Stories If you’re unfamiliar with Samuel R Delany I recommend this great article on his work – Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science FictionStories for Chip A Tribute to Samuel R Delany is comprised of original speculative stories and creative essays by writers inspired by his work I liked that each speculative story embraced diverse possibilities I also found each story to be accessible in a stand alone fashion for readers who are unfamiliar with Delany’s work Although it was sometimes jarring to jump from one voice to another as there are no contextual notes around the stories I highlighted a few stories essays over at the blog

  6. Greg Hullender Greg Hullender says:

    A disappointing collection of short stories by authors inspired by Samuel R Delany I've always been a big fan of Samuel Delany so when I saw that other reviewers had recommended a few stories from this volume I was eager to read it My first disappointment was that out of 33 stories only 21 are new fiction The rest are either reprints some as old as 1968 andor non fiction I only read the 21 new stories so my review only addresses thoseOnly 19 of the 21 have any speculative element I have written detailed reviews of those but the uick summary it that I only found one story to recommend The rest are murky they use scientific words with no apparent understanding of their meaning they freuently don't end and they often don't seem to have anything to say at allThere are actually two fun stories in the volume but only one of them is SFF Jamaica Ginger is a neat little adventure story set in a steam punk 1930s New Orleans It has almost no symbolism and almost no cultural references which makes it the least Delany like story in the volume but it's an entertaining read without being a lightweightCharacters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook is literary fiction set in 1970s or 1980s New York City It has no speculative element whatsoever and it has little or no plot but it's without doubt the best read of any story in the volume What saves it is Jack a thinly disguised Samuel L Delany who mentors the narrator and offers great bits of salty wisdom

  7. S S says:

    I had read and enjoyed some of Samuel R Delaney's work but I was woefully ignorant of his personal details and impact on the field But no longerThe short stories in this book were all over the place the essays were generally of a kind but in a good way A huge diversity of different styles and foci yet you could see why they were included There were a few duds but overall this is a great anthology with some truly uniue and challenging reads My biggest complaint that some of them are not blown out into full fledged novels There were numerous of these stories that are just begging for a bigger life Hopefully they will come back around again expanded

  8. David David says:

    Very eclectic collection of stories This earns its way as a tribute to Sam D

  9. Ernest Hogan Ernest Hogan says:

    Praise for Delany Nostalgia for the New Wave Rumblings of a new one I'm proud to have a story in this anthology

  10. Tracie McBride Tracie McBride says:

    Disclosure I received an electronic review copy via NetGalleyAs the blurb says the short works within Stories for Chip cover a wide scope of styles sub genres and themes whilst staying true to the overall vision You'll find everything from erotic horror to space drama to chilling dystopias to non specfic slices of life The essays range from scholarly to deeply personalStandout favourite for me is the first story Billy Tumult by Nick Harkaway It's fun clever and inventive I also particularly enjoyed the steampunk flavoured Jamaica Ginger by Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl with its resourceful young heroineBe warned This is by no means a lightweight readAs a relatively uneducated reader with little familiarity with Delany's work I found some of the stories and essays difficult to appreciate By all accounts Delany is an exceptionally intelligent man and this lofty intellect is reflected in the contents of this anthology For an example here is a one sentence excerpt from Hal Duncan's An Idyll in Erehwyna Poesis is the suppositional calculus notated not in symbol but in stance epistemic alethic deontic boulomaicPlease tell me I'm not the only reader who has no idea what the previous sentence meansA second warning Don't let this put you off It does no harm to stretch your brain every now and again

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