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Authors: Nisi Shawl

Stories for Chip


“I read
The Jewels of Aptor
in 1962, when I was fourteen. Samuel Delany had written it when he was nineteen, and I totally got that, the fantastic youth of the thing, but I was also blown away by what I didn't yet understand was the style. It induced one of the most persistent and global somatic memories of reading I've ever had, to the point that I can actually use it as a sort of time-travel device. And yes, I know he's written many novels since then, including
, but I've always wanted a chance to say that about
The Jewels of Aptor

—William Gibson, author of
Pattern Recognition

“Samuel R. Delany sits at the crossroads of the story of SF. Explore any path—why SF matters, how, to whom—and he is there, beaming, either in person or reflected in the writers forging ahead. This book of beautiful, brilliant stories, fiction and nonfiction, shows us why he matters so much—and how, and to whom. All of us, of course.”

—Nicola Griffith, author of

“This anthology rocks your mind, rolls your heart, and makes you tingle all over. Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have curated an entertaining and provocative volume, a whirlwind tour of the mythic, science fictional landscape that Delany engendered. These stories, essays, and memoirs are sensuous encounters with Delany, an ongoing conversation in the delanyesque universe. A polymath geek fest!
Stories for Chip
is a perfect tribute to a creative genius, a theoretical titan, and a great adventurer.”

—Andrea Hairston, author of
Redwood and Wildfire

“This lovingly made tribute to Samuel R. Delany is packed with tiny delights. Stories that are as diverse as they are refreshing to the palate. A blend of so many different voices and takes on the influence of this great author--one could only dream that in the winter of one's career such a collection could be constructed in one's honor.”

—Jennifer Marie Brissett, author of

“A powerful testimonial to the impact Delany has had in inspiring so many of this generation's diverse voices.”

—Tobias Buckell, author of
Arctic Rising

“A tribute to one of the great geniuses of science fiction, this diamond of a book has stories as multi-faceted, brilliant, and wickedly sharp as Delany himself.”

—Ellen Klages, author of
The Green Glass Sea

“Billy Tumult” copyright © 2015 by Nick Harkaway

“Voice Prints” copyright © 2015 by devorah major

“Delany Encounters: Or, Another Reason Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction” copyright © 2015 by Isiah Lavender, III

“Clarity” copyright © 2015 by Anil Menon “When Two Swordsmen Meet” copyright © 2015 by Ellen Kushner

“For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply)” copyright © 2015 by Chesya Burke

“Holding Hands with Monsters” copyright © 2015 by Haralambi Markov

“Song for the Asking” copyright © 2015 by Carmelo Rafala

“Walking Science Fiction: Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction” copyright © 2015 by Walidah Imarisha

“Heart of Brass” copyright © 2015 by Alex Jennings

“Be Three” copyright © by 2015 Jewelle Gomez

“An Idyll in Erewhyna” copyright © 2015 by Hal Duncan

“First Gate of Logic” copyright © 2015 by Benjamin Rosenbaum

“River Clap Your Hands” copyright © 2015 by Sheree Renée Thomas

“Eleven Stations” copyright © 2015 by Fábio Fernandes

“On My First Reading of
The Einstein Intersection
” copyright © 2015 by Michael Swanwick

“Characters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook” copyright © 2015 by Kathryn Cramer

“Hamlet's Ghost Sighted in Frontenac, KS” copyright © 2015 by Vincent Czyz

“Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets” copyright © 2015 by Tenea D. Johnson

“Clones” copyright © 2015 by Alex Smith

“The Last Dying Man” copyright © 2015 by Geetanjali Dighe

“Capitalism in the 22nd Century” copyright © 2015 by Geoff Ryman

“Jamaica Ginger” copyright © 2015 by Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl

“Festival” copyright © 2015 by Chris Brown

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany

Copyright © 2015 by Rosarium Publishing

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the publisher.

Published by Rosarium Publishing

P.O. Box 544

Greenbelt, MD 20768-0544

International Standard Book Number: 978-0-9903191-7-7

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015943602

Acknowledgement for permission to reprint the following:

“Haunt-type Experience” by Roz Clarke first appeared in
Black Static
, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, UK, February 2009.

“Nilda” by Junot Diaz first appeared in
The New Yorker
, New York, NY, USA, October 1999. It was subsequently reprinted in his collection
This Is How You Lose Her
, New York, NY, USA, September 2012, Riverhead Books.

“Real Mothers, a Faggot Uncle, and the Name of the Father: Samuel R. Delany's Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF” by L. Timmel Duchamp first appeared in
Cruising the Disciplines: A Symposium on Samuel R. Delany
, Kenneth R. James, editor, Annals of Scholarship, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA, Volume 20 (2013).

“Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005” by Eileen Gunn first appeared in
, Kempston, Bedfordshire, UK, Winter 2007. It was subsequently reprinted in her collection
Questionable Practices
, Easthampton, MA, USA, March 2014, Small Beer Press.

“Guerilla Mural of a Siren's Song” by Ernest Hogan first appeared in Pulphouse, Issue 4 (Summer 1989). It was subsequently reprinted in
Alien Contact
, Marty Halpern, editor, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 2011, Night Shade Books. A Polish translation appeared in
Nowa Fantastyka
, Warsaw, Poland, January 2013.

“Empathy Evolving as a Quantum of Eight-Dimensional Perception” by Claude Lalumière first appeared in
Suction Cup Dreams: An Octopus Anthology
, David Joseph Clarke, editor, Charleston, SC, USA, November 2013, Obsolescent Press.

“Kickenders” by Kit Reed first appeared in
, Montclair, NJ, USA, Summer 2014.

<> by Kai Ashante Wilson first appeared in
Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars
, Nisi Shawl, editor, Seattle, WA, USA, January 2013, The Carl Brandon Society.

“The Master of the Milford Altarpiece” by Tom Disch first appeared in
The Paris Review
, Paris, France, Spring 1969. It has been subsequently reprinted many times, including in
Getting into Death and Other Stories
, New York, NY, February 1976, Knopf.


Introduction by Kim Stanley Robinson

Eileen Gunn

Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005

Nick Harkaway

Billy Tumult

devorah major

Voice Prints

Isiah Lavender, III

Delany Encounters: Or, Another Reason Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction

Anil Menon


Ellen Kushner

When Two Swordsmen Meet

Chesya Burke

For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply)

Haralambi Markov

Holding Hands with Monsters

Carmelo Rafala

Song for the Asking

Kit Reed


Walidah Imarisha

Walking Science Fiction: Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction

Alex Jennings

Heart of Brass

Claude Lalumière

Empathy Evolving as a Quantum of Eight-Dimensional Perception

Jewelle Gomez

Be Three

Ernest Hogan

Guerilla Mural of a Siren's Song

Hal Duncan

An Idyll in Erewhyna

L. Timmel Duchamp

Real Mothers, a Faggot Uncle, and the Name of the Father: Samuel R. Delany's Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF

Junot Díaz


Benjamin Rosenbaum

The First Gate of Logic

Thomas M. Disch

The Master of the Milford Altarpiece

Sheree Renée Thomas

River Clap Your Hands

Roz Clarke

Haunt-type Experience

Fábio Fernandes

Eleven Stations

Kai Ashante Wilson


Michael Swanwick

On My First Reading of
The Einstein Intersection

Kathryn Cramer

Characters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook

Vincent Czyz

Hamlet's Ghost Sighted in Frontenac, KS

Tenea D. Johnson

Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets

Alex Smith


Geetanjali Dighe

The Last Dying Man

Geoff Ryman

Capitalism in the 22nd Century

Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl

Jamaica Ginger

Chris Brown



About the Authors

About the Editors


Kim Stanley Robinson

I was in a dusty used bookstore in downtown San Diego, looking at its science fiction shelves, when I pulled down a little book titled
City of a Thousand Suns
. Author one Samuel R. Delany. I had recently discovered science fiction and was on the hunt for new writers, so I opened this book and started to read. It was February 12, 1972. I know that because I wrote the date on the flyleaf after taking the book home, and in all the years since I've held on to that volume, despite my frequent cullings of my library, because it means something to me. It brings back the feeling of that time: a twenty year-old reading another twenty year-old (more or less), discovering science fiction and the world.

Because the book was the third in a trilogy, I read it with some confusion, but when I was done I went looking for more Delany. Soon I had found all of it, and Delany had become one of my favorite writers. He was, I gathered, a young writer traveling the world, his life an adventure that was vivid and romantic and filled with literature. My own life became more exciting because of his writing: this was an intense feeling, a kind of joy.

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