Samuel R. Delany Long Fiction Analysis
Rather than seeking to enhance the value of science fiction, as a writer or critic, by attempting to produce or detect the presence of “literary” elements and properties, Samuel R. Delany proposes that the reader and critic must employ a set of “reading protocols” as a methodology for tapping the richness and complexity of science fiction. The protocols one applies to reading science fiction of necessity must be different from the protocols one applies to “mundane” literature, because the writer—and therefore the reader—must construct whole and distinctive worlds (or universes) as backgrounds for each and every narrative.
To illustrate this point in his critical writing, Delany frequently cites a...
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