Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (Paperback)

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"Samuel R. Delany's prophetic allegory of interstellar diplomacy and cosmic attraction is an ocean of linguistic philosophy and fluid hierarchical constructs ingeniously tucked into a lively space-pocalypse kiddie pool. Narrated in multiple, conflicting alien syntaxes and spanning conceptually disjointed galaxies, this unabashedly gay, proudly bizarre, Afrofuturist epic is difficult to get into but impossible to leave."

— From Steven


The story of a truly galactic civilization with over 6,000 inhabited worlds.

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far-flung worlds. First published in 1984, the novel's central issues--technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism--have only become more pressing with the passage of time.

The novel's topic is information itself: What are the repercussions, once it has been made public, that two individuals have been found to be each other's perfect erotic object out to point nine-nine-nine and several nines percent more? What will it do to the individuals involved, to the city they inhabit, to their geosector, to their entire world society, especially when one is an illiterate worker, the sole survivor of a world destroyed by cultural fugue, and the other is--you.

About the Author

SAMUEL R. DELANY is a novelist and critic who currently teaches English and creative writing at Temple University. He has won both Hugo and Nebula awards.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780819567147
ISBN-10: 0819567140
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2004
Pages: 356
Language: English