Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

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Wesleyan University Press, 1976 - 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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What a lot of people forget sometimes that SF at its best isn't about bug eyed men with rayguns threatening buxom women while spaceships crash together overhead and time travelers from the past wander ... Read full review


DerSatz I
Solvable Games
Avoiding Kangaroos
La Geste dHelstrom
Idylls in Outer Mongolia
Objective Knowledge
Tiresias Descending
From The Triton Journal
Ashima Slade and the HarbinY Lectures

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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 Nevèron 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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