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LC Classification PS Delany , published by Vintage Books in The book is closely based on an earlier collection, Driftglass , which first appeared in Both carry identical epigraphs. The ten tales contained in Driftglass are all contained in Aye, and Gomorrah, along with five other stories "Omegahelm", "Among the Blobs", "Tapestry", "Prismatica", "Ruins". The stories consist of ten science fiction tales, in the order the writer wrote them, followed by five fantasies, also in chronological order.

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Monday, October 7, A Brief Analysis of Aye and Gomorrah Though I have read both Aye and Gomorrah and Bloodchild I have decided to focus my analysis on Aye and Gomorrah which I feel has much more distinct and noticeable queer themes in the general context of science fiction. In passing it is kind of difficult to understand the world created in Aye and Gomorrah. In this alternative world there are several distinct "classes" of people -- the spacers, a type of governmental astronaut chosen early in their age to become sterilized in order to work in space -- frelks, a certain type of people who worship the spacers and are attracted to them, despite the fact that they cannot engage sexually.

I use the term "class" because the author carefully crafts the idea that there are people who have no power over some of their identity and as such are fitted into a place in society. The greatest example of this are the spacers who do not choose to be sterilized, and as such do not go through puberty, and further cannot reproduce with another person.

There are several times in the novel where the author hints at themes and stereotypes of homosexuality, not only in the context of the spacers, but in frelks, and normal humans as well. For example, beyond the frelks, the spacers are often asked to leave, and are often treated different though not necessarily in a derogatory manner. The author also places distinct hints to homosexuality throughout the novel. One that I picked up on was the reference to the two people "queer for frelks" who were beaten up by the spacers.

There is also the obvious reference when the spacers are masquerading through Paris and stop by a pissoir, designed to hold four men that has five, and a "very blond man" is sad since "it looks like you would have been a man.

In terms of the frelks there is the stereotypical reference to "many frelks being artists and professional people," which is a possible reference to the presence of homosexuals amongst those professions. Of course the greatest theme of them all is that of lonliness and desire. The spacers, being aware of their loss of reproductive and sexual abilities and indentities, finds themselves lonley and undesirable.

The frelks, likewise, are attracted to the spacers eventhough they cannot have sexual engagement. As such the frelks are lonely too, and are tempted to purchase their company. Any homosexual understands this scenario. Be it the feeling of loneliness and singularity, or the feeling of undesirable, people attracted to the same sex feel that sort of pain.

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Aye, and Gomorrah

Jan 26, Ben Woore rated it it was ok I appreciate the themes this story tries to tackle, and the character interactions were generally fine, but the style of writing here was a major turn-off. While the conversations the protagonist has with the Frelk benefit from leaving things unsaid, the rest of the story gains little from applying the same tactics. The story begins seemingly mid-sentence and plows right on ahead, switching location and time in a matter of short sentences, all while playing its cards very close to its chest. I appreciate the themes this story tries to tackle, and the character interactions were generally fine, but the style of writing here was a major turn-off. This makes it difficult to get into right off the bat and even harder to follow.

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Delany , published by Vintage Books in The book is closely based on an earlier collection, Driftglass , which first appeared in Both carry identical epigraphs. The ten tales contained in Driftglass are all contained in Aye, and Gomorrah, along with five other stories "Omegahelm", "Among the Blobs", "Tapestry", "Prismatica", "Ruins". The stories consist of ten science fiction tales, in the order the writer wrote them, followed by five fantasies, also in chronological order. When the first collection was put together, Delany and his editor gave serious thought to calling it Aye, and Gomorrah, instead of Driftglass.

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Delaney, is narrated in first person in the voice of a Spacer. Spacers are androgynous people who were neutered at puberty so that they can work in space without facing the harmful effects of the radiation. This renders them unable to have sex. Although Spacers do important work for the government and are superficially respected by the citizens, they do not really belong to any place and are often asked to leave. In Paris, one of the Spacers, Kelly, bangs on the walls of a pissoir, disturbing five men inside. You look as though you may once have been a man. The Spacers are also unwelcome in Matamoros, Mexico, where they were rowdy with the shrimp fishermen and broke some windows.

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Monday, October 7, A Brief Analysis of Aye and Gomorrah Though I have read both Aye and Gomorrah and Bloodchild I have decided to focus my analysis on Aye and Gomorrah which I feel has much more distinct and noticeable queer themes in the general context of science fiction. In passing it is kind of difficult to understand the world created in Aye and Gomorrah. In this alternative world there are several distinct "classes" of people -- the spacers, a type of governmental astronaut chosen early in their age to become sterilized in order to work in space -- frelks, a certain type of people who worship the spacers and are attracted to them, despite the fact that they cannot engage sexually. I use the term "class" because the author carefully crafts the idea that there are people who have no power over some of their identity and as such are fitted into a place in society. The greatest example of this are the spacers who do not choose to be sterilized, and as such do not go through puberty, and further cannot reproduce with another person.

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