Settled in his seat, with the two curved canopies of clear plastic over them (the stationary one of the car, and the tunnel above rushing backward at one hundred seventy-five kilometers an hour), Bron turned to the left (Sam was also sitting there), thought about ice-farmers, and asked: "I still wonder why you decided to take me."
"To get you off my back," Sam said affably. "Maybe it'll lead you to some political argument that seriously challenges my own position. Right now, though, yours is so immature there's nothing I can say to you, except make polite noises — however much those noises might sound to you like ideas. [...] Maybe seeing a bit of the real thing will waylay your fears and shut you up. Or it may send you off screaming. Scream or silence, either'll be more informed. Personally, with you, I'll find either a relief."
-- From Trouble on Triton, by Samuel R. Delany, Wesleyan University Press edition with a foreword by Kathy Acker.
Still a good quote, though.
And I'll forget this by then, I just know it:
Plan-It Purple Event Details: 2004 Leon Forrest Lecturer, Samuel R. Delany, - April 15, 2004:
Event Title: 2004 Leon Forrest Lecturer, Samuel R. Delany,
Event Date: April 15, 2004
Event Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Location: TBA
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The 2004 Leon Forrest Lecture presents Samuel R. Delany, professor of English and creative writing at Temple University. Professor Delany is a critic and novelist, with essays and interviews so far collected in seven volumes, the most recent three of which are Silent Interviews (1994), Longer Views (1996) and Shorter Views (1999). He has written a highly praised autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water (1988) and the best-selling Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1998), and, among his fiction, The Mad Man (1995), Atlantis: Three Tales (1993), and Dhalgren (1975). Some of his early science fiction— Babel-17 and Empire Star (both 1966), Nova (1968), and Driftglass (1970)—will come back into print. In 1999 a substantial book of his letters, 1984: Selected Letters appeared. Mr. Delany is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction, a recipient of the Pilgrim Award for outstanding scholarship in the field of science fiction studies, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to Lesbian and Gay Literature. His scholarly interests include Walter Pater and the aesthetic movement, Hart Crane, and contemporary poetics, as well as questions of race, gender, queer studies, and literary theory. He has previously served as a comparative literature professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and as an English professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Which I'm having a few. . . issues with -- the approving link to Lileks is a very bad sign -- but the information is good.
Other Pilgrim Award recipients include the late Damon Knight (never read nothing by him, but fondly remember the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man"), Joanna Russ (ain't remembering nothing of hers I read neither), Ursula K. Le Guin (Hey! I read. . . no, Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery. I got nothin'.) and a bunch of other folks any true SF fan would have at least passing familiarity with.
I'm an SF fan poseur.