Original language: English Triton, the outermost moon of Neptune, was a world of absolute freedom, where every wish could be fulfilled. There, in a world of endless possibilities, Bron began a searing odyssey to find the elusive object of his desires … The door opened; she slipped out, She wore white gloves. She wore white boots. Her long skirt and high-necked bodice were white.
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The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple - Samuel Delany has created here an honest-to-goodness utopia, a world in which everyone can essentially be anyone they want to be. No problem. You want to have scales and a tail? There seems to be a complete acceptance of others in this world in regards to race, sex, gender, sexuality, profession The thing of it is, the novel is narrated by a man who hates the place. He is more or less a 20th-century guy. He could be any guy from today, perhaps on the slightly conservative side.
And I found it riveting. Because I, too, am a man of today, and perhaps I share some of the insecurities and prejudices of this asshole. As a reader, I had to ask myself, would I have been happy in this utopia? Would I be okay with anyone being able and encouraged to be absolutely whatever they want to be?
We applaud every person who comes out of whatever dark closet they had hidden their true identities. The only person today, evidently, who has any right to say just who and what you are is YOU. This is a very new phenomenon, and I know a lot of people have an instinctive and visceral reaction against it. So, could I enjoy a world just like that, a world without stability of identity, without structure and limitations and labels?
Or would I also be a miserable curmudgeon, just like this guy? The novel invites self-introspection, and that is a rare feat. Feel free to hate him. Even as I saw where his discomforts came from, I hated him. He was a joy to hate. But it does present, to my mind, an extremely convincing portrait of the kind of human being who is all too common today, even perhaps in parts of ourselves, as social and cultural barriers to happiness start falling away one by one.
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia
The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple - Samuel Delany has created here an honest-to-goodness utopia, a world in which everyone can essentially be anyone they want to be. No problem. You want to have scales and a tail? There seems to be a complete acceptance of others in this world in regards to race, sex, gender, sexuality, profession
Samuel Delany. Triton
Early life[ edit ] Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. His father, Samuel Ray Delany Sr. The civil rights pioneers Sadie and Bessie Delany were his aunts. He used their adventures as the basis for Elsie and Corry in "Atlantis: Model ", the opening novella in his semi-autobiographical collection Atlantis: Three Tales. The family lived in the top two floors of a three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings. Delany envied children with nicknames and took one for himself on the first day of a new summer camp, Camp Woodland, at about the age of 12, by answering "Everybody calls me Chip" when asked his name. Career[ edit ] He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between and , as well as two prize-winning short stories collected in Driftglass  and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories .
Samuel R. Delany