Stories for Chip: 

A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany

By Various

Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic, Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R. “Chip” Delany. Award-winning SF luminaries such as Michael Swanwick, Nalo Hopkinson, and Eileen Gunn contribute original fiction and creative nonfiction. From surrealistic visions of bucolic road trips to erotic transgressions to mind-expanding analyses of Delany’s influence on the genre—as an out gay man, an African American, and possessor of a startlingly acute intellect—this book conveys the scope of the subject’s sometimes troubling, always rewarding genius. Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have given Delany and the world at large, a gorgeous, haunting, illuminating, and deeply satisfying gift of a book.


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“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 whatI 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 Dhalgren, 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 Hild

“This anthology rocks your mind, rolls your heart, and makesyou tingle all over. Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have curatedan entertaining and provocative volume, a whirlwind tour of themythic, science fictional landscape that Delany engendered. Thesestories, 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, atheoretical titan, and a great adventurer.”

– Andrea Hairston, author of Redwood and Wildfire

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

– Jennifer Marie Brissett, author of Elysium

“A powerful testimonial to the impact Delany has had in inspiringso 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 diamondof a book has stories as multi-faceted, brilliant, and wickedlysharp as Delany himself.”

– Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea

"The vast majority of stories here are worthy of a Delany tribute."

– Sam Tomaino,

"What can a reader expect to get from these pages? A fan of Delany’s writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, can expect a wonderful diversity of authors who love his work and want to show their ties and inspiration to the man."

– Karen Burnham, SF Signal

"Here’s a tribute anthology to one of the greatest living science fiction authors, including works by Junot Diaz, Eileen Gunn, Chesya Burke, Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman, which play with sexual identity and race, while some essays also celebrate Delany’s work.Publishers Weeklygave this book a starred review, and SF Signal says these stories 'honor the man of the hour in many of his facets without ever falling into kitsch or fawning.'”


"It’s only fitting that Stories for Chip, an anthology honoring professional polymath Samuel R. Delany would feature a ridiculous variety of stories. It’s also only fitting that they would be inventive, incisive, and filled with joy."

– Leah Schnelbach,

"If Stories for Chip invites us to read for Delany, to see Delany’s influence, it would be best to look for places where the stories’ sentences, ideas, and concerns resonate with Delany’s landscapes. InThe Semiology of Silence(in Silent Interviews, 2011), Delany calls himself a 'sentence lover.' The beauty of Stories for Chipis the way in which Shawl’s and Campbell’s editorial call for work to celebrate Delany generates new sentences full of possibility and danger."

– Mark C. Jerng, Los Angeles Review of Books