“Black Sci-Fi” by Moonlight Films, 1992 (BBC)

Via  Invisible Universe Documentary Channel

“Moonlight Films was a small production company from the UK that produced several films in the early 1990’s. “Black Sci-Fi” produced and directed by Terrence Francis was their fourth film. 

It profiles African American SF writers, Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes and Mike Sargent, and actress, Nichelle Nichols.”

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“In a very real way, one writes a story to find out what happens in it,” says Samuel R. Delaney. “Before it is written it sits in the mind like a piece of overheard gossip or a bit of intriguing tattle. The story process is like taking up such a piece of gossip, hunting down the people actually involved, questioning them, finding out what really occurred, and visiting pertinent locations. As with gossip, you can’t be too surprised if important things turn up that were left out of the first-heard version entirely; or if points initially made much of turn out to have been distorted, or simply not to have happened at all.”

The art above is by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).

The quote comes from a post on ”Artistic Inspiration“ on Myth & Moor.

I walk down one world and up another and I like what I see in all of them. You know the curve of your hand in the hand of someone more to you than anybody? That’s the spirals of the galaxy locked in one another. You know the curve of your hand when the other hand is gone and you’re trying to remember how it felt? There is no other curve like that.
—  Nova, Samuel R. Delaney

Creator Spotlight: Samuel R. Delaney 

Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany  to his friends, is one of the most prolific science fiction authors of the 20th century, Delaney’s body of work includes more than twenty novels, several novellas, and countless short stories. 

Publishing his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, in 1962 at the age of 19, Delaney has since gone on to win countless prestigious awards including the coveted Nebula and Hugo awards.His science fiction novels include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, and the Return to Neveryon series. After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Recurring themes in Delany’s work include mythology, memory, language, sexuality, and perception. Class, position in society, and the ability to move from one social stratum to another are motifs that were touched on in his earlier work and became more significant in his later fiction and non-fiction, both.

From January 2001 until his retirement in May 2015, he was a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2010 he won the third J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the academic Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UCR Libraries. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master in 2013. (Via X, Y)

Trivia: Delany wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman in 1972, during a controversial period in the publication’s history when the lead character abandoned her superpowers and became a secret agent. Delany scripted issues #202 and #203 of the series. Delany was initially supposed to write a six-issue story arc, which would culminate in a battle over an abortion clinic, but the story arc ended up canceled after Gloria Steinem complained that Wonder Woman was no longer wearing her traditional costume, a change predating Delany’s involvement. 

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yo. Samuel R. Delaney.

I have a bunch of his books on my shelves but I’ve only read Babel-17, Empire Star and a few pieces of short fiction thus far.

But everything I read of his is completely genius and makes me have to swear loudly and hold my head and giggle a lot.

Just finished Empire Star and it’s really amazing how much better it deals with the idea of fatalism and cyclic time than 99.998% of science fiction out there of any media.