The Jewel-Hinged Jaw

Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

By Samuel R. Delany; Matthew Cheney (Introduction by)
(Wesleyan University Press, Paperback, 9780819568830, 254pp.)

Publication Date: July 2009

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This ground-breaking work of criticism by master of science fiction Samuel R. Delany was first published in 1977 and has long been out of print. The edition is significantly revised and updated. Delany was one of the first writers to eloquently speak for the power of science fiction's language, not just "its gadgets and its landscapes." He believes that science fiction, like poetry, is something that we must learn how to read. To that end, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw contains close, insightful textual analyses of writers such as Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. LeGuin, Roger Zelazny, Joanna Russ and others. Some of his most famous essays are here, including "About 5,750 Words" and "To Read The Dispossessed." This book will be useful to any student of science fiction and is a must-have for Delany fans

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