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interview with Junot Diaz, nice mention of Delany

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  • Zvi Gilbert
    Hi guys, I was reading this (well worth your time): http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/10/geeks-guide-junot-diaz/all/ There s a nice mention it in of Delany,
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      Hi guys, I was reading this (well worth your time):


      There's a nice mention it in of Delany, and his influence on Diaz. Made me
      laugh with the Shaolin Temple reference and all. --Z

      *Wired:* Speaking of writers of color, I saw you say that one of your
      ambitions was to be a Dominican Samuel R.
      or Octavia E. Butler <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler>.

      *D�az:* Did I actually say that? That�s so deranged! I think that was one
      of my younger ambitions. Sort of like when you used to have a dream about
      going to Shaolin Temple <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaolin_Monastery>.
      Me trying to be Octavia Butler or Samuel R. Delany really is like the
      40-year-old guy wistfully thinking about how if only he had run away when
      he was 14 and gone on a tramp steamer off to Hong Kong, and from there
      slipped across the border into the new territories and gone up to Shaolin
      Temple and practiced his wushu<http://en.wikipedia.org/Chinese_martial_arts>,
      my god, if only I�d done that I�d be already the absolute master killer.
      Let me tell you something, that tramp steamer has sailed and gone, my
      friend. I�ll be lucky if I can write another two books before I�m in the

      These writers are absolutely remarkable and important. The depth of their
      metaphors � you know, when you think about what science fiction does best,
      whether we�re talking about
      Suvin�s<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suvin,_Darko> idea
      of the novum <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novum>, or all the different
      ways that people approach the central force of science fiction, these
      metaphors that allow us to address sectors or areas of our reality that
      aren�t being addressed, that aren�t being openly discussed, that are
      cloaked in silence or taboo. I look at both of them and I think that they
      have done wonderful jobs of exploring our realities, and exploring our
      anxieties, and dreaming of futures in a way that allow us to better see our
      present. They�re absolutely indispensable, and they�ve certainly given me a
      vocabulary of ways to think about my present and my future as a person of
      African diasporic descent, and just as a person living in the U.S. I said
      that I�m working on a book right now that�s an apocalyptic, giant-monster,
      zombie-virus invasion story that might not ever come together, but if
      there�s anything that�s useful and good about that, I certainly would love
      to put that at the feet of these two writers.

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