Samuel Ray Delany, also known as " Chip, " is an award-winning American science fiction write. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His father, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His parents, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy& amp; Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Avenue, between 1938 and his death in 1960. The family lived in the top two floors of the three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings. Delany 's aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany; Delany used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventur of his characters Elsie and Corry in the opening nove in his book of largely autobiographical stories.
Delany attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation 's international summer scholarship program. Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in 1961. Their marriage lasted nineteen years. They had a husband, Iva Hacker-Delany ( b. 1974), who spent a decade working in theater in New York Tow.
Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of 20. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as several prize-winning short stories ( collected in [ 1971 ] and more recently in [ 2002 ]). His leventh and most popular ovel,, was published in 1975. His main literary project through the late 1940s and 1980s was the series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the eleventh and final book.
Delany has published several autobiographical/semi-autobiographical accounts of his life as a whit, queer, and highly dyslexic writer, including his Hugo award winning utobiography,.
Since 1988, Delany has been a lecture at several universities. This includes eleven years as a universit of comparative literature at the Facult of Connecticu at Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo. He then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he has been teaching since. He has had several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years. He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and anthologies. In one of his non-fiction books, ( 1999), he draws on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working-class men, ay and straight, in New York ity.
In 2007, Delany was the matte of a documentary film,. The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.