The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

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Title:The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction
Author:Samuel R. Delany
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:326 pages pages

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction Reviews

  • Larry-bob Roberts
    May 14, 2009

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...

    formalist ideas of literature applied, thus sf is ultimately... poetry. myth-making in some ways, this had intelligent artists conscious of what they are doing and how sf is valuable, mature, engaging. this is trying to present possibilities of thought experiments in the essence of poe...

    This book, and in particular the essay opening the collection, ?About 5,750 Words? is famous (I wouldn?t know whether justly or not) for being the first attempt to define Science Fiction not by way of its content (?It takes place in the future?, ?It has robots and starships...

    Having worked my way through most of his fiction and memoir, I've started in on more of Delany's essays. At the end of the day, I do just like his narrative stuff better, and the bits of personal story in these essays were some of my favorite parts. Lots of other good stuff too t...

    Took me a while to make it through this collection of essays about science fiction as literature. I started on it because I'd finally read Ursula Leguin's The Dispossessed which is the subject of one of the longer essays. Delany offers a lot of critiques of the book, including that the...

  • Sessily
    Sep 16, 2009

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

  • Nicholas Whyte
    Oct 21, 2007

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...

    formalist ideas of literature applied, thus sf is ultimately... poetry. myth-making in some ways, this had intelligent artists conscious of what they are doing and how sf is valuable, mature, engaging. this is trying to present possibilities of thought experiments in the essence of poe...

    This book, and in particular the essay opening the collection, ?About 5,750 Words? is famous (I wouldn?t know whether justly or not) for being the first attempt to define Science Fiction not by way of its content (?It takes place in the future?, ?It has robots and starships...

    Having worked my way through most of his fiction and memoir, I've started in on more of Delany's essays. At the end of the day, I do just like his narrative stuff better, and the bits of personal story in these essays were some of my favorite parts. Lots of other good stuff too t...

    Took me a while to make it through this collection of essays about science fiction as literature. I started on it because I'd finally read Ursula Leguin's The Dispossessed which is the subject of one of the longer essays. Delany offers a lot of critiques of the book, including that the...

    http://nhw.livejournal.com/521590.html[return][return]This is a collection of a dozen pieces about sf, written between 1966 and 1976. They vary greatly in both length and quality; the longest, an article called "Shadows", is 80 pages, split into 60 sections which really appear just thr...

  • Valerie
    Feb 02, 2010

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

  • the gift
    Mar 24, 2015

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...

    formalist ideas of literature applied, thus sf is ultimately... poetry. myth-making in some ways, this had intelligent artists conscious of what they are doing and how sf is valuable, mature, engaging. this is trying to present possibilities of thought experiments in the essence of poe...

  • Max
    Dec 31, 2017

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

  • Dan
    Dec 19, 2017

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...

    formalist ideas of literature applied, thus sf is ultimately... poetry. myth-making in some ways, this had intelligent artists conscious of what they are doing and how sf is valuable, mature, engaging. this is trying to present possibilities of thought experiments in the essence of poe...

    This book, and in particular the essay opening the collection, ?About 5,750 Words? is famous (I wouldn?t know whether justly or not) for being the first attempt to define Science Fiction not by way of its content (?It takes place in the future?, ?It has robots and starships...

    Having worked my way through most of his fiction and memoir, I've started in on more of Delany's essays. At the end of the day, I do just like his narrative stuff better, and the bits of personal story in these essays were some of my favorite parts. Lots of other good stuff too t...

  • Larou
    Sep 20, 2012

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...

    formalist ideas of literature applied, thus sf is ultimately... poetry. myth-making in some ways, this had intelligent artists conscious of what they are doing and how sf is valuable, mature, engaging. this is trying to present possibilities of thought experiments in the essence of poe...

    This book, and in particular the essay opening the collection, ?About 5,750 Words? is famous (I wouldn?t know whether justly or not) for being the first attempt to define Science Fiction not by way of its content (?It takes place in the future?, ?It has robots and starships...

  • Griffin Alexander
    Oct 30, 2017

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

  • JuniperGreen ~✰Knowledge is Sexy✰~
    Aug 07, 2017

    Deep, fine thinking. Often hilarious. Any serious writer of science fiction or fantasy or both should read this book, though it is a deeper and more rigorous than most writing about writing, in genre or out, so it may daunt. This is one of the few books to take the entire process serio...

    Well, I think I can say with confidence now that Delany is the closest thing Americans will ever get to having our own Borges (and as a heretofore unknown aside, the first Borges story to appear translated in the USA was 'Death and the Compass,' and it appeared in The Magazine of Fanta...

    (I read the old edition, the new edition is structured slightly different and includes at least one new essay.) Jewel Hinged Jaw is a collection of essays all centered around a discussion of science fiction. The collection was first published in the 70s and has aged quite well, desp...

    I've never read any of Delaney's fiction, but I found much of his critical work absorbing and interesting. There were discussions on such divers topics as the grammar of ASL and the question of (numerically) equal representation of the sexes in stories. I'm told LeGuin denies ever ...

    Nine essays on writing, criticizing, and teaching science-fiction (at least in my badly formatted SF Gateway e-book edition; there are other editions with a different order and differing number of essays), and four examples of Delany's own critical works. I've skipped the essays on Dis...