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10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Read Samuel R. Delany

Most of these boil down to "because he's AWESOME," but if you need more convincing, read on.

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1. The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America named him their 2013 Grand Master.

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This puts him in the company of writers like Ray Bradbury (1989 Grand Master) and Ursula K. Le Guin (2003 Grand Master).

4. Junot Díaz considers Delany his favorite New Yorker.

Díaz told Time Out that he considers Delany "an extraordinary individual man. He's also the coolest, funniest motherfucker in the world." Dhalgren also gets a shoutout in Díaz's bestseller This Is How You Lose Her.

5. He taught Octavia E. Butler.

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Yeah. THE Octavia E. Butler. She was twenty-three years old when she attended the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop where Delany was teaching, and he called brilliance right then and there.

6. Despite dropping out of college after one semester, he's been a professor at several universities.

Since 1988, he's taught at several colleges, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University at Buffalo, and Temple University (currently). #genius #winning #revolutionary #boss #beatingthesystem

9. His work is versatile and cross-genre.

Dhalgren can be read with equal validity as science fiction, magical realism, metafiction, or some combination thereof. Novels aside, Delany also writes memoirs, literary criticism, and essays on sexuality and society.