Thursday, February 21
Samuel Delany Eminent science fiction author
Craft Talk on Writing Science Fiction — 4:15 p.m., Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
Presentation/Conversation — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, University at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, Albany, NY 12203
Samuel Delany is a one-of-a-kind giant of American literature, a disruptive practitioner of “outsider art,” an explorer of African-American and Gay identities, and one of the most influential and innovative science fiction writers of the last half century. In The Daily Beast, Mark Dery called him, “the Grand Old Man of polymorphously perverse science fiction.” Winner of four Nebulas and two Hugos, Delany is a “Grand Master” of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Since 1962, he has written dozens of books, including the sci-fi classics, Babel-17 (1966), Nova (1968), Dhalgren (1975), and the Return to Nevèrÿon series (1979-1987). Recent books include Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2012) and The Atheist in the Attic (2018). Delany served as Writer-in-Residence at the University at Albany in 1978.
Cosponsored by the Opalka Gallery at Sage College of Albany in conjunction with their exhibition, “In Place of Now,” showcasing artists who offer new speculations regarding contemporary black identity.