The Sir Arthur Clarke Imagination in Service to Society Awardee

Samuel R. Delany

for Outstanding Contributions to Fiction, Criticism and Essays on Science Fiction, Literature and Society

Samuel R. Delany, whom everyone calls Chip, is an award winning writer of fiction, memoir, criticism and essays on science fiction, literature, sexuality, and society, and a former University professor. In 2016, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

Mr. Delany is the author of Babel 17, Nova, Dhalgren, Dark Reflections, Atlantis: Three Tales, the Return to Nevèrÿon series, an autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water, and the paired essays Times Square Red/Times Square Blue. Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award for 2008, and in 2015 he won the Nicolas Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature, and in 1997 the Kessler Award for LGBTQ Studies.

Mr. Delany has won four Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention. In 2013, he was made a Grand Master of Science Fiction, following in the steps of Asimov, Heinlein, and Le Guin.

Not only does Chip have a broad range of published works, but he’s widely recognized for his articulate and vivid writing style. In The New York Times story ”In Praise of Samuel Delany,” writer Jordy Rosenberg notes, “The emotional dynamism of Delany’s sentences has been perhaps less acknowledged than his world-building, or the sweep of his vision. But when asked to speak about writing as a practice, Delany himself often turns to the art of sentences, and of how to imbue words with such “ekphrastic force” that they summon the material presence of an imagined world. Read the entire article here.

It’s been said that when it comes to Delany publications, one of the hardest decisions is where to start. Below are just a few of his many books to choose from:

Samuel Delany’s most popular novel, and the most controversial science fiction novel of its decade.
Chosen for Library of America’s anthology, Great Science Fiction Novels of the 1960’s
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
A far-future look at an interstellar society
1984: Selected Letters,
with an introduction by Kenneth R. James
Bread & Wine,
a graphic novel
Motion of Light in Water:
Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village
Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of Its Year.

Dark Reflections:
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award.

The Einstein Intersection: Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of Its Year.
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders:
An Improbable Community

Plan to hear Mr. Delany and our panel of Awardees at this year’s live event:

Unleash Imagination

Shape the Future

Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the Clarke Conversation on Imagination
November 17, 2021
Embassy of France, Washington, D.C.
Reception, Dinner, and Awards Program

Place Your Bid in the Silent Auction!

Get in on this year's Silent Auction of 10 autographed sets which include autographed copies of:

  • The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything signed by Michio Kaku
  • Nova hand signed by Samuel R. Delany
  • Four NOVA DVDs which include 4 films and almost 7 hours from the 2020/2021 NOVA seasons: Picture a Scientist, Beyond the Elements, Secrets in our DNA, and Looking for Life on Mars signed by co-executive producers Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

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