Trouble on Triton
An Ambiguous Heterotopia
Publication Year: 1996
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
On Delany the Magician: A Foreword
"I feel the science-fictional enterprise is richer than the enterprise of mundane fiction. It is richer through its extended repertoire of sentences, its consequent greater range of possible incident, and through its more varied field of rhetorical and syntagmic organization. ...
1. Der Satz
He had been living at the men's co-op (Serpent's House) six months now. This one had been working out well. So, at four o'clock, as he strolled from the hegemony lobby onto the crowded Plaza of Light (thirty-seventh day of the fifteenth paramonth of the second yearN, announced the lights around the Plaza ...
2. Solvable Games
"What I mean," Bron said, as the case's wooden back, inlaid with ivory and walnut, clacked to the common-room's baize table, "is, how are you even supposed to know if you like something like that. . . ?" He gazed over the board: within the teak rim, in three dimensions, the landscape spread, mountains to the left, ocean to the right. ...
3. Avoiding Kangaroos
Audri, the boss he did like, put a hand on each of the cubicle's doorjambs and, standing at all sorts of Audri-like angles, said (with an expression he didn't like at all): "This is Miriamne—Bron, do something with her," then left. ...
4. La Geste d'Helstrom
The energy (and vividness) remained all the way to work, till, by three o'clock (he'd skipped lunch), when he was going over the Day Star's preprogram specifications yet again, it hit him: P would have to intersect (ess than half of Not-P (as well as pieces of Q, R, and S, while cleaving T); ...
5. Idylls in Outer Mongolia
They pushed through into a cement stairwell. He protested once and got a shove for it; they hurried him up. The walls and steps and banisters were grimed to an extent for which neither youth on Mars nor maturity on Triton had prepared him. More apprehensive each flight, he kept thinking: Earth is an old world . . . an old, old world. ...
6. Objective Knowledge
Nevertheless, in the eating place near the town square, they spent a good half hour over breakfast; the single digger also eating there engaged them in a particularly inane conversation: "They're always telling on the news about all those hundreds of political parties you have on each satellite, out where you guys are from." ...
7. Tiresias Descending
Her first minutes back at work, Bron was very nervous. She had considered the all-black outfit. But no, that would only be delaying things. The previous afternoon, she and Lawrence had gone to Lawrence's(!) design-rental house and spent an amusing two hours during which Lawrence had had the house make up ...
Appendix A: From The Triton Journal
"You know," Sam said pensively, "that explanation of mine this evening—about the gravity business?" They stood in the warm semidark of the co-op's dining room. "If that were translated into some twentieth-century language, it would come out complete gobbledygook. ...
Appendix B: Ashima Slade and the Harbin-Y Lectures
Just over a year ago, at Lux on lapetus, five million people died. To single out one death among that five million as more tragic than another would be monumental presumption. ...
Page Count: 326
Publication Year: 1996
OCLC Number: 48139751
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