“Language Has a Referential Side” Samuel R. Delany Audio Clip from the Archives

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Samuel R. Delany by Amelia Beamer 2009

From the Audio Archives: Samuel R. Delany, 2010

Samuel R. Delany, the 30th SFWA Grand Master, is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and has won multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards. His prolific output includes novels Babel-17, Nova, and Dhalgren.

Locus founder Charles Brown interviewed him in our March 2010 issue, and we’ve selected some audio clips to share with you, in which Delany talks about combatting the pitfalls of working with the written word by seeking worldly experiences.

“I think people who spend their entire time with language tend to get away from the fact that language has a referential side, and that there’s a whole world of material objects that it refers to and that ones got to get out and experience and have some input from the world…  if you don’t I think the language experience begins to get thin”

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