Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

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Wesleyan University Press, Dec 15, 2004 - Fiction - 356 pages
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Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a science fiction masterpiece, an essay on the inexplicability of sexual attractiveness, and an examination of interstellar politics among far-flung worlds. First published in 1984, the novel's central issues—technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism—have only become more pressing with the passage of time.

The novel's topic is information itself: What are the repercussions, once it has been made public, that two individuals have been found to be each other’s perfect erotic object out to “point nine-nine-nine and several nines percent more”? What will it do to the individuals involved, to the city they inhabit, to their geosector, to their entire world society, especially when one is an illiterate worker, the sole survivor of a world destroyed by “cultural fugue,” and the other is—you!

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Samuel Delany is a good writer. This is a tale about power and sexual identity, and probably won't play well in the mid West of the USA. Pity, for it is perceptive about the urges of primates, and how it may play out politically. Read full review

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User Review  - anderlawlor - LibraryThing

This is one of my favorite of Samuel R. Delany's mighty ouevre, but it's not for everyone. You have to like science fiction and dirty queer sex, and you have to want to read in extreme detail about the social organization of other worlds. Read full review

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SAMUEL R. DELANY is a novelist and critic who currently teaches English and creative writing at Temple University. He has won both Hugo and Nebula awards.

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