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Woman Against a background of high adventure this minuet of a novel dances from the farthest limits of the solar system to Earth's own Outer Mongolia Alternately funny and moving it is a wide ranging tale in which character after character turns out not to be what he or she seem i m not sure how i feel about this at all the main character is absolutely UNBEARABLE but he is supposed to be it s the book s whole point but he really is so utterly unlikeable and horrifying that reading this book was a slog the entire way through he gets his comeuppance several times throughout the story but he never learns anything another point of the book i think which is almost satisfying i don t know if i simply read this book at the wrong time in my life or in the wrong context or if there was something i was just missing or if i didn t get it or if maybe there actually wasn t that much there TO get and it was all just a lot of set dressing and cobbled together sf sociological ideasexperiments flung one after the other at the reader and never examined never interrogated except through the context of knowing who this author is and what his other works are like and that therefore his presentation of such ideas SHOULD have been thoughtful and interesting so perhaps it is just not the place to start with delany and perhaps there is a reason that the dispossessed by le guin is still spoken about so often and this book a self designated response to le guin s book is not i don t know i am utterly baffledi feel frustrated because i WANTED to get this book but reading this felt like reading certain books in high school books with points and meanings you knew were there and could sort of recognize but they were just utterly meaningless to you and your life or you thought that they were insufficiently analyzed or that they showed a poor or distasteful understanding of life and the meaning of being a person and so you just didn t care to get them and you just read the book and took the test and moved on because there just really was not much there in the text for you at all despite the fact that it is a literary uote unuote classicalso i feel like the way this book addresses gender and gender confirmation surgery though that is not what it is in the book not really which is part of the problem is just unbelievably irresponsible and crude lmao coming from a gay author i expected but then again delany is not trans and that is a whole other issue the way cis gay people feel entitled to tellingunderstanding trans stories or ideas when cis gay people often really do not understand those things at all and really the point of this book has nothing to do with transness nothing at all but the unfortunate implications ARE there by nature of the book s content and i just did not care for it there is a great deal of depth to gender and transness that can be explored in a book in thought in life this book attempted to plumb that depth and seemed to think that it had done uite an interesting and valuable job but really it was excruciatingly superficial and flippant and boringthe writing style and syntax were worth reading though which is why i will continue with other works by delany also because i am fairly certain that this book is an outlier among delany s work and the issues i have with it are specific to this book in particular and i really shouldn t have started here after all because i do find delany in general to seem like he should be a thoughtful and interesting person and writer whose ideas and writing i am still interested in experiencing of BECAUSE he is known in sf literature for being different thoughtful incisive wordy conceptually novel think i ll finally read dhalgren next but not until this summer maybe

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In a story as exciting as any science fiction adventure written Samuel R Delany's 1976 SF novel originally published as Triton takes us on a tour of a utopian society at war with our own Earth High wit in this future comedy of manners allows Delany to uestion gender roles and se Trouble on Triton is supposed to inhabit a utopian heterotopic future when Earth is no longer the only hospitable planet where personal expression has evolved through a widened acceptance of differing sexualities and gender takes on radical new perspectives I appreciated the gender exploration but found it extremely hard to sympathize with the protagonist Bron Helstrom As a teenager Bron was a legal male prostitute but well into adulthood he seems homophobic This wasn t the worse of his ualities He s also egotistical self centered and unbelievably frustrating Despite this he manages to live in an all male commune the evolved living situation in Delany s imagined future Convinced no one save himself understands his situation Bron chooses a radical future for himself that ultimately leaves him less satisfied than beforeThe homages to a uaint ancient Earth where manners and delicate social maneuvering like tipping and gentlemanliness are satire at its best Delany also challenges preconceived notions of gender and sexuality that along with his humor make Trouble on Triton worth the read Bron however ruined most of the novel for me but he also pushed me to think the most I wonder if using such an unsympathetic irritating protagonist so out of his element in a free sexually liberating universe to impose such an anomaly is to present a creature wholly relatable to an extant homophobic readership upon publicationMaybe the fact that Bron goes to such lengths to discover himself is really a plea or wishful thinking rather than the indictment of white male intellectual thinking Delany presents I m inclined this direction only because Bron doesn t in fact discover anything past the stubborn limitations of his psyche but he does seem to reach an honesty with himself at the end if a disappointing one Optimistically he did try albeit for the wrong reasons Close minded or not Bron Helstrom represents the worst in all of us our frustration with him is a frustration with the limited prejudices we recognize in our own societyFor example men and women freely wander the pages of this book in little to no clothing without apparent embarrassment or fear In a society where sexuality has become so evolved and the human body less of a sin than a recognizable joy it s no wonder and an odd restoration of peace among us that women as well as men can exercise that right However Bron freuently expresses extreme irritation when propositioned and even scorns the naked physicality of his male suitors choosing instead disgust rather than flattery if say Lawrence were female over his prospects despite not being gayIf you don t mind a book that so openly features the best and worst of human sexuality gender 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Xual expectations at a level that 20 years after it was written still make it a coruscating portrait of the happily reasonable man Bron Helstrom an immigrant to the embattled world of Triton whose troubles become and complex till there is nothing left for him to do but become a In some ways Triton is as much about science fiction as it is about social and political modelsThe infodump or exposition is a vital part of the SF genre it helps ground us in the imagined world of the story at hand and to contextualise those uniuely science fictional sentences Delany is so fond of formations like Heinlein s the door dilated or a statement like her world exploded which could have a much literal meaning in a science fiction novel than in a mundane novelInfodumps give us the necessary context to understand things that do not gel with our everyday experience they help understand social political cultural and technological elements of a story s background that are taken for granted when reading a book about our own times and our own peopleBut an infodump is not necessarily informative in the strict sense there are endless examples of SF infodumps that offer an explanation for things that we know cannot be explained because they have not happened further the explanation probably does not have much practical value because except in very rare cases no one has gone and done those things in the manner suggested therein although the device or techniue described may since have been developed in some different way Instead it is a sort of gesture a string of words with enough familiar terms to reassure the average SF reader defined by Delany as having the euivalent of a bright 13 year old s knowledge of science that this is proper science mixed in with enough plausible sounding esoterica to convince that reader that something fairly authoritative has been saidOne of the first proper infodumps in this book happens when an attack has just been made on Triton and a government official is trying to tell his companions in a men s cooperative housing building that the brief gravity failure that took place is nothing to worry about He gives an explanation that starts by referring to things that seem to relate to real science and rapidly becomes esoteric Them he is asked to tone it down so that a mentally deficient person present can understand He gives a simpler explanation that his person can understand and even this version makes no sense on our terms if looked at closely Just as the government agent does not really know uite what has happened but is asserting his authority by seeming knowledgeable Delany is giving his made up explanation authority by showing how even a mentally deficient member of his future society can understand what flied over our own head This is a very clever device and a way to both demonstrate and practice one of the chief uses of the SF infodumpBut there are many other infodumps in this book Some relate to a made up discipline of metalogics something which again has no relation to any real system of logic we might be able to conceive of some are in the form of descriptions of dramatic pieces couched in the jargon of academic cultural studies some relate to genetics and medicine Others are personalAll the infodumps that relate to disciplines of this future world start in terms that seem to make sense then move into or less incomprehensible realms for a very long time most of the mental context of these people is way way ahead of our own Delany seems to be implyingAnd then there are the personal infodumps These are much comprehensible even as they tell us things about society and politics on the different planets and sattelites of the solar system that are uite fantastic by today s standards But on the human level once we adjust a little they are perfectly comprehensibleExcept that the main character of this novel Bron Hellstrom seems to see very different things in these personal revelations than we do We begin by trying to empathise with what seems to be the main character and hence hero of this story And yet we slowly find that the people he resents are among the most integral self actualised and compassionate individuals he encounters and the society he hates is a sort of libertarian utopia that in many ways seems to superior to any current earth society This brings us to the commonly discussed aspects of this novel how it belongs to a dialogue on ambiguous utopias with novels like Ursula K Le Guin s The Disposessed how different societies offer different kinds of liberties and privileges how much of this is governed by factors like resources and space and may not be possible or even desirable in other circumstances and what means are justifiable to preserve a desirable way of life There s also a commentary on gender relations and roles that is worth investigatingJust as interestingly Triton is a fascinating study of a completely dysfunctional individual but one that is told almost entirely via a closely focused third person narrative that gives us this individual s thoughts and perspectives rather than anyone else s It s easy to fall into subjectivity here like the people who are seduced by the prose in Lolita and forget that the narrator is a deeply sick sexual predator Delany s achievement is that Bron s anomie is made clear to us despite immersion in his viewpointI haven t even begun to scratch the surface of what there is to enjoy and think about in this novel there is a passage in one of the appendices where Delany offers a comparison of the difficulty of understanding SF versus its potential range of expression as compared to mundane fiction that evokes similar dichotomies between tonal and atonal music representational and abstract art This alone is a point that deserves being engaged with in detail that odd second appendix opens up even ideas The whole narrative is a mine field seeded with explosive ideas and concepts This is a science fiction novel that does it all engages in a dialogue with its genre offers deep thought provoking world building and gives us total character immersion It isn t so much that they don t write them like this any as that they hardly ever did


10 thoughts on “Triton Author Samuel R. Delany

  1. says:

    Everyone talks about how this is a political or cultural or social exploration novel and that's all true but what fascinates me about it is how incredibly PSYCHOLOGICAL it is The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple Samuel De

  2. says:

    Trouble on Triton is supposed to inhabit a utopian heterotopic future when Earth is no longer the only hospitable planet where personal expression has evolved through a widened acceptance of differing sexualities and gender takes o

  3. says:

    I suspect I'm not clever enough for it but you know I hear Dhalgren is very clever but similar to this I remembered while reading it I thought pockets of its description and arguments were interesting and highly original but the rest was bland and I'm always in a state of perpetual unease about who's going to sleep with whom and what I'm supposed to think of it even although I'm not engaged in the lives of any of the characters perhaps the

  4. says:

    Delany is one of my favourite writers but it has taken me a long time to get round to reading this one In fact Triton has been on my b

  5. says:

    It’s been almost five weeks since I did this so let’s hope my skills haven’t atrophied too much My student teaching practicum was awesome but it left me little time for reading and no time for reviewing Now I need to catch up So please forgive me if the details in this review are sparser than ordinary; there is a

  6. says:

    In some ways Triton is as much about science fiction as it is about social and political modelsThe infodump or exposition is a vital part of the SF genre; it helps ground us in the imagined world of the story at hand and to contextualise those uniuely science fictional sentences Delany is so fond of formations like Heinlein's 'the door dilated' or a statement like 'her world exploded' which could have a much literal meaning in

  7. says:

    i'm not sure how i feel about this at all the main character is absolutely UNBEARABLE but he is supposed to be it's the book's whole point but he really is so utterly unlikeable and horrifying that reading this book was a slog the entire way through he gets his comeuppance several times throughout the story but he never learns anything another point of the book i think which is almost satisfying i don't know if i simply read this book at

  8. says:

    Triton is one of those books that lingers in the penumbra at the edges of my understanding like a jungle cat stalking prey carefully choosing the perfect moment to pounce And yet and yet I couldn't put it down Delany's prose is irres

  9. says:

    This review and others can be read on my blog Black Forest Basilisks Triton also published under Trouble on Triton An Ambiguous Heterotopia by

  10. says:

    sppoilerzzzI feel very weird about this book I love a lot of it but in the end it felt just too terrible to spend this much time with

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