Aye, and Gomorrah by Samuel R. Delany

Aye, and Gomorrah

A father must come to terms with his son's death in the war. In Venice an architecture student commits a crime of passion. A white southern airport loader tries to do a favor for a black northern child. The ordinary stuff of ordinary fiction--but with a difference! These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given gills to labor under the sea. Huge repair stations patrol the cables carry...

Details Aye, and Gomorrah

TitleAye, and Gomorrah
Release DateApr 8th, 2003
GenreScience Fiction, Short Stories, Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy

Reviews Aye, and Gomorrah

  • fonz
    Soy muy fan de Delany pero esta antología me ha resultado decepcionante, a pesar de que, en general, se trata de relatos muy bien escritos y sorprende lo bien que aguantan el paso del tiempo. No sé exactamente cuál ha sido el problema, a ratos me parecía que los cuentos eran demasiado "convencionales" respecto a sus novelas, a ratos parecen meros ejercicios de estilo ("Cage of Brass" o "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones", un ...
  • Keith
    I'm just reviewing the title story here and...um, ok? I don't Bible, so the title was kind of lost on me, and Wikipedia is refusing to help in a short and manageable way. The structure is pretty oldschool, with a couple of characters thrown together randomly, expositing highfalutin sci fi concepts all over each other, which is fine for when it was written. There's a cool in medias res opening that sets the story up to be a little more complex tha...
  • Kate
    Strange and wonderful, like all Delany's writing. Some of the later stories don't seem to fit with the earlier ones as well, which is why I'm giving four stars instead of five, although I immensely enjoyed all of them. Favorites include: The Star Pit, Driftglass, We, in some strange power's employ, high weir, corona.
  • Kyle Muntz
    Some thoughts on rereading the individual stories. I've put a * next to stories that I think are unique in Delany's body of work; mostly these are the highlights of the collection, though in a few cases it was great just to see him try something so different.*The Star Pit: 4/5 I remember this being one of my favorites, and it's still good with lots of interesting ideas and nice character, but a bit obvious. Still amazing though for a first publis...
  • Leigh
    I wish I could give this 3.5 stars, or maybe even 3.75. It grew on me drastically toward the end. Longer review later, hopefully, but for now:Favorite story:--"High Weir" (unsurprisingly: reminiscent of some of my favorite Le Guin stories)Also a big fan of:--"Driftglass"--"Dog in a Fisherman's Net"(A pairing with interesting resonances.)Really liked some of the ideas but not all of the execution:--"Aye, and Gomorrah..."--"We, in Some Strange Powe...
  • Michael
    Read most of these stories in his earlier collection, Driftglass, and was wowed by the range and intensity of the pieces. The Nebula-winners are the ones that stand out in memory, but all of the stories are terrific and strange and wonderfully wrought.
  • Molly
    I loved the stories with future merpeople. I loved the story about electricity. I loved the story about the star pit. And the fairy tale about Far Rainbow.
  • Conrad
    Ah, this is the Delaney we love to be weirded out by.
  • Tim
    So freaking good!!! Read it! you like smart as hell SF that ain't by retrograde warmonger white dude morons, right? READ IT!!!!!
  • Kate
    I went to a Samuel Delany reading in college. He's like the gay sci-fi Santa! GREAT reading voice.
  • Liz
    Delany is fascinating, I can't believe it took me so long to get to his fiction. He's one of the masters of thoughtful sci fi.
  • Craig
    The Star Pit: 4/5Corona: 4.5/5Aye, and Gomorrah...: 1/5Driftglass: 5/5We, in Some Strange Power's Employ: 5/5Cage of Brass: 3/5High Weir: 2/5Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones: 3/5Omagahelm: 2/5Among the Blobs: 1/5Tapestry: 2/5Prismatica: 5/5Ruins: 2.5/5Dog in a Fisherman's Net: 1.5/5Night and the Loves of Joe Dicostanzo: 1/5
  • Joe
    overall amazing collection, althoughthe last few fell flat for me. Star Lit, driftglass, we along some strange power, and the title story were standouts. Delaney is one of my favorite writers. Very trippy and interesting without getting confusing or unnecessarily complicated.
  • Nick Carraway LLC
    1) "'Oh, fine!' Alegra said. 'I love to talk. I want to talk about love. Loving someone---' (an incredible yearning twisted my stomach, rose to block my throat) '---I mean really loving someone---' (the yearning brushed the edge of agony) '---means you are willing to admit the person you love is not what you first fell in love with, not the image you first had; and you must be able to like them still for being as close to that image as they are, ...
  • Daniel
    ""What do you mean—love?" Clikit thought to call after her.…"I mean something that few signify by the word, though it hides behind all that men seek when they pursue it. I mean a state that is eternal, unchangeable, imperturbable, even by death…." Her last word did not really end. Its suspiration, rather, became one with the sound of rain hissing through a broken roof in some upper corridor.…Again she turned. “What would you do with suc...
  • Nathanial
    How do we use English like a tone language? Samuel Delany, in this collection of short stories, uses emphasis and inflection as a central feature of plots. Conflicts turn on the way a character says (or doesn't say) a word, especially in his award-winning "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones." This story is mainly why I pick up this book again and again. It features a cast of characters standard for Delany: the diplomatic interlocu...
  • 7thTrooper
    Samuel R. Delany är ännu en av de författare som jag kommit i kontakt med via en fascination vid New Wave och, likt några andra skalder, Harlan Ellisons "Dangerous Visions". Nyss nämnda samling är för övrigt något som varje person med ens bara grundläggande intresse för Sci Fi bör kolla upp då namnlistan är minst sagt imponerande. Men nog om det. Denna samling innehåller mest noveller från 6o-talet och det tidiga 70-talet, föruto...
  • enricocioni
    A strange one! Delany is an amazing world-builder (he does that thing where you know he's got an exquisitely detailed world in his head, but only gives you details, only explains the essentials, leaving you to figure out a lot of things by yourself) and an excellent sentence-crafter. Driftglass, the title story, and Prismatica are particularly good (the last one is an unexpectedly perfect kids' story with princes and princesses and a sinister vil...
  • Samee
    The first time I tried to read "Aye, and Gomorrah" (the short story that this collection is named after), I didn't get it at all. Delany's writing is very opaque at times, and the 11-year-old that I was didn't always understand the themes he deals with (class, family, perception, concept-refraction--yeah, he's also a literary critic). I found this book on my shelf the last time I went to my parents' and decided to try reading it again. I whipped ...
  • Niina Pollari
    First, the title is fantastic. Ok, so let's talk about the stories. These were fairly badass. I am not a "science fiction fan" (pending), but I am a fan of good writing. There is plenty of good writing in this book. There're renegades and gangsters -- and they're in outer space and/or the future! If there is someone who would naysay the wisdom in this maneuver, I am not that person. In addition, there are a couple of oddball stories in the book t...
  • Greg
    Not bad. I've been slowly moving away from fantasy and sci-fi, but have only recently really discovered Samuel Delaney. The stories in this collection were hit and miss, but none of them were anything less than inventive and fascinating to experience. Delaney is a master with language and bringing scenes into focus without explicitly spelling things out for the reader, which I appreciate. But at the same time it could also be a lot of work trying...
  • Lawana
    I so loved reading this book. My favorite story kept changing. Towards the end, Prismatica tuggged the most at my heart strings, but then I loved the story about the futuristic crimelords and secret service agents. What I loved most is the lack of recurring thing. Each story stood on its own. The stories were all well developed worlds and situations completely independent of any other stories in the book. Nor did they bear any resemblance to anyt...
  • Wm
    I admit it: there were some stories I just didn't get. But on the whole this exactly the type of gonzo 60s-era sci-fi writing that helped define the field -- imaginative, literary, inscrutable, pushing the boundaries of language, an emphasis on attitude and pyrotechnics over plot, not afraid to alienate the reader. Some good stuff.
  • Katie
    Beautifully imagined and described stories - mostly science fiction, a few pieces of fantasy tossed in. Despite the fact that some of these are decades old, they don't have the sense of dated goofiness that so many science fiction stories do - his excellent characterization defies the years! They're mature but not gratuitously so, smart but not overconcerned with the Technology Of The Future.
  • Rod
    It's interesting to delve into the literary history of science fiction through the work of one of the prime literary figures in sf, Samuel Delany. He casts a particular kind of spell on this reader that's not about perfect prose, but is always about fascinating ideas and compelling characters.
  • Ai
    Delany's writing style is absolutely incredible and his stories are amazing contemplations on society. Fast becoming a new favourite author, and I will definitely hunt down more of his work in the future!
  • Jennyappleseed
    These stories have a unique velocity and Delaney's style is lyrical. There is real reason to read these tales regardless of setting or plot; unpredictable and atmospheric, they contain more character in the space between words than many contemporary sci fi writers jam into an entire novel.
  • Chris
    short stories by the master sci-fi stylist himself. this book contains some of chip's best-known, award-winning stories. sure those are great, but i especially liked the other ones that i had read for the first time.
  • Brendan
    Re-read, 06/2017: Delany's stories are truly awe-inspiring, just as memorable and impactful as his novelistic writing. So good that the trappings of mere science fiction are transcended again and again. fantastic stories.