Friday, September 8, 2017

The Hermit of Houston, by Samuel R. Delany

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Epic) The narrator describes his life in a very different North America, where everyone is male. (12,257 words; Time: 40m)

Recommended By: GDozois+1 RHorton+2 JStrahan+2 Locus+2

"The Hermit of Houston," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: The future world is a strange mix of the familiar and the bizarre. Sometimes the people seem to lead very primitive lives, but other times things seem very advanced.

Con: There’s no actual plot here. The narrator simply describes his life and then ends when he’s done talking.

It’s never clear what it means that everyone is male but some are women.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Way too obscure and rambling for me.

  2. just won the Locus Award for Best Novelette of 2018...

    1. It was widely praised by people I usually agree with. But not this time. I usually love Delaney's work, for that matter, even Dhalgren, which many people find too confusing. But this one was too confusing, even for me. I still have no idea what anyone saw in it.