Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

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Wesleyan University Press, 1996 - Fiction - 312 pages
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In a story as exciting as any science fiction adventure written, Samuel R. Delany's 1976 SF novel, originally published as Triton, takes us on a tour of a utopian society at war with . . . our own Earth! 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 coruscating portrait of "the happily reasonable man," Bron Helstrom -- an immigrant to the embattled world of Triton, whose troubles become more and more complex, till there is nothing left for him to do but become a woman. 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. Alternately funny and moving, it is a wide-ranging tale in which character after character turns out not to be what he -- or she -- seems.

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Hard to read, but excellent and thought provoking. - Goodreads
Delany's writing is always very challenging for me. - Goodreads
I wish he had set a different plot in it. - Goodreads
Delany is not the same caliber of writer... - Goodreads

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This was a really excellent (and totally underrated, at least from the comments below) novel that can be appreciated on many levels. On top we've got a character study of someone all us have known ... Read full review

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So many times I would have stopped reading this book if I weren't reading it for a book club I really like. (I think Nick said he wasn't sure what he thought about this book and so he wanted to be in conversation with us.) Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Samuel R. Delany's many prizes include the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature. Wesleyan has published both his fiction and nonfiction, including Atlantis: three tales (1995), Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics (1994), Longer Views: Extended Essays (1996), and Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts & the Politics of the Paraliterary. The press has also reissued his classic science fiction and fantasy novels Dhalgren (1996), The Einstein Intersection (1998) and the four-volume Return to Nevèr˙on series.

Kathy Acker was author of many books including Pussy, King of the Pirates (1996), My Mother: Demonology (1994), Blood and Guts in High School (1989), and Empire of the Senseless (1988), and also wrote several plays for Richard Foreman.

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