This is something that I mentioned in class, but what particularly interests me about in Delany's book is the protagonist's relationship with poetry and carefully chosen language. I can't really even articulate it very well due to the sheer abundance of detail that is given, but poetry seems to be connected in his brain somehow with sex, desire, and a sort of ethereal musical harmony. This was the passage I found where it stands out the most:
The best part about Samuel Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is the immense amount of detail he puts into his world. In the introductory passage about Rat Korga, the amount of back-story in the world is simply incredible. At first, the novel merely hints at interesting events, polar research stations, and the q-plague. But when Korga is bought illegally and hooked up to General Information, the amount of work Delany has put into his world really shows. Korga is soon asked what the four largest geosectors on the world are.
Taking a pass on this response. Definitely too far braindead this week to come up with something coherent to say about this book.
What acts and thoughts in day-to-day life separate a member of the Family from the Sygn?
I suppose the "Joyce of science fiction" review on the back should have been a warning, but I really thought I could make sense of this book. Maybe Cyteen will make up in clarity what it clearly lacks in brevity...
I found the conception of the Apocalypse in Samuel Delaney's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand the most interesting part of the book. Delaney's idea of how worlds end is so different from other books and from popular thought. For one thing, it is not really an Apocalypse, an end of days -- life, and culture, goes on even after a world has been destroyed by that enigmatic thing, the Cultural Fugue. Secondly, the world does not end by asteroid collision, or by a trigger-happy country with too many nuclear warheads but by information, and by culture.
One of the strangest aspects I found in Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand was the difference between modern hunting and the 'dragon hunting' between pgs 239 and 257. At first, hunting in the deserts of Velm appears very similar to our human hunting; leaving for a wilderness area, using large 'weapons', receiving advice over territory or placement from an experienced hunter, and eventually finding and firing at the prey, taking something from the prey in the process. The first major difference here is the wanted result.
I'm gonna use my pass on this one...I'm too woozy-headed to say anything intelligent and rather nonplussed anyway.
So I was browsing the blog and felt like I would try and comment on dragongrrl's note about hoping someone comments about the subscripts. My initial reaction was that they seemed a bit silly. As though Delany was somehow trying to make the novel look more scientific by adding subscripts in like one would add subscripts to variables or chemical equations. I was a bit disappointed by this, but as the story went on I came to understand that use of subscripts was an interesting was to differentiate between the type of relationship a person has with her different occupations.
One of the strangest aspects of Samuel Delany's "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand" was the notion of proportion. Certainly, the title is a powerful contributor to this theme. Comparing stars, massive balls of matter whose energy and size are beyond the comprehension of the human mind, to the matter which causes the lining of pockets to be uncomfortable, conveys the basic disconnect in the perception of proportion in the book. The descriptions continuously challenge the reader to conceptualize reality on a different scale than daily life promotes.