The 85 Weirdest, Day 38: Samuel R. Delany

The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

SAMUEL R. DELANY (1942– ) writes science fiction for people who don’t read science fiction, fantasy for readers interested in the ’80s AIDS crisis, and pornography for those who may never have sex again. He’s declared that reading is an act of writing and vice versa. Have we mentioned he’s had thousands of lovers, rocks a Santa beard, and is seriously dyslexic? We’re not being coy here; more than once someone has held up a copy of Dhalgren and asked us what it means. “Delany’s dyslexic,” we tell them, “to such an extent that the world’s geography is inside out.” And then they begin to understand…

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