Trouble on Triton

Trouble on Triton Trouble On Triton Free Author Samuel R Delany Ls17.eu In A Story As Exciting As Any Science Fiction Adventure Written, Samuel R Delany S 1976 SF Novel, Originally Published As Triton, Takes Us On A Tour Of A Utopian Society At War With Our Own Earth High Wit In This Future Comedy Of Manners Allows Delany To Question Gender Roles And Sexual Expectations At A Level That, 20 Years After It Was Written, Still Make It A Coruscating Portrait Of The Happily Reasonable Man, Bron Helstrom An Immigrant To The Embattled World Of Triton, Whose Troubles Become And Complex, Till There Is Nothing Left For Him To Do But Become A Woman Against A Background Of High Adventure, This Minuet Of A Novel Dances From The Farthest Limits Of The Solar System To Earth S Own Outer Mongolia Alternately Funny And Moving, It Is A Wide Ranging Tale In Which Character After Character Turns Out Not To Be What He Or She Seems.

  • 4.5
  • 030
  • English
  • 24 July 2018
  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • 081956298X
  • Trouble on Triton
  • Samuel R. Delany

10 thoughts on “Trouble on Triton

  1. Erika says:

    Trouble on Triton is supposed to inhabit a utopian heterotopic future when Earth is no longer the only hospitable planet, where personal expression has evolved through a widened acceptance of differing sexualities, and gender takes on radical new perspectives I appreciated the gender exploration, but found it extremely hard to sympathize with the protagonist, Bron Helstrom As a teenager, Bron was a legal male prostitute, but well into adulthood, he seems homophobic This wasn t the worse o Trouble on Triton is supposed to inhabit a utopian heterotopic future when Earth is no longer the only hospitable planet, where personal expression has evolved through a widened acceptance of differing sexualities, and gender takes on radical new perspectives I appreciated the gender exploration, but found it extremely hard to sympathize with the protagonist, Bron Helstrom As a teenager, Bron was a legal male prostitute, but well i...

  2. Leo Robertson says:

    I suspect I m not clever enough for it but, you know, I hear Dhalgren is very clever, but similar to this I remembered while reading it I thought pockets of its description and arguments were interesting and highly original, but the rest was bland and I m always in a state of perpetual unease about who s going to sleep with whom and what I m supposed to think of it, even although I m not engaged in the lives of any of the characters perhaps the underlying structure of either book is fasci I suspect I m not clever enough for it but, you know, I hear Dhalgren is very clever, but similar to this I remembered while reading it I thought pockets of its description and arguments were interesting and highly original, but the rest was bland and I m always in a state of perpetual unease about who s going to sleep with whom and what I m supposed to think of it, even although I m not engaged in the lives of any of the characters perhaps the underlying structure of either book is fascinating and rich and genius and masterful, but I don t care to dig deep in frozen soil.And I don t know if this counts as narrow mindedness, but I like men, not women, and I don t consider any kind of future where everyone s asking everyone to frick, then everyon...

  3. Rhys says:

    Delany is one of my favourite writers, but it has taken me a long time to get round to reading this one In fact, Triton has been on my bookshelves since 1993 I think I was intimidated by the appendix on metalogic It looks like a difficult novel, but that s really an illusion It s a beautifully written, complex but totally accessible and engaging work.The main character, Bron Helstrom, is simultaneously likeable and infuriating, perceptive and unaware, an authentic personality on the page Delany is one of my favourite writers, but it has taken me a long time to get round to reading this one In fact, Triton has been on my bookshelves since 1993 I think I was intimidated by the appendix on metalogic It looks like a difficult novel, but that s really an illusion It s a beautifully written, complex but totally accessible and engaging work.The main character, Bron Helstrom, is simultaneously likeable and infuriating, perceptive and unaware, an authentic personality on the page The background events of his life in an ambiguous heteropotia include a devastating war between the inner worlds and the outer satellites that is presented slightly obliquely and very convincingly And the society in which Bron has chosen to make his home is constructed with brilliant imagination and atten...

  4. Jason says:

    Everyone talks about how this is a political or cultural or social exploration novel, and that s all true, but what fascinates me about it is how incredibly PSYCHOLOGICAL it is The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple Samuel Delany has created here an honest to goodness utopia, a world in which everyone can essentially be anyone they want to be You re a woman who wants t...

  5. Ben Babcock says:

    It s been almost five weeks since I did this, so let s hope my skills haven t atrophied too much My student teaching practicum was awesome, but it left me little time for reading and no time for reviewing Now I need to catch up So please forgive me if the details in this review are sparser than ordinary there is a very good reason why I write reviews as soon as possible after finishing a book Fortunately, Triton is a very memorable book, which one might have expected coming from Samuel R De It s been almost five weeks since I did this, so let s hope my skills haven t atrophied too much My student teaching practicum was awesome, but it left me little time for reading and no time for reviewing Now I need to catch up So please forgive me if the details in this review are sparser than ordinary there is a very good reason why I write reviews as soon as possible after finishing a book Fortunately, Triton is a very memorable book, which one might have expected coming from Samuel R Delany I love the edition I have, another Bantam 1976 yellowing reprint, similar to my edition of Dhalgren, that I picked up at a used bookstore for 1.05 The cover alone makes me feel muchconnected to the zeitgeist in which Delany was immersed when he wrote this, and that s crucial to an understanding of...

  6. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    In some ways, Triton is as much about science fiction as it is about social and political models.The infodump or exposition is a vital part of the SF genre it helps ground us in the imagined world of the story at hand and to contextualise those uniquely science fictional sentences Delany is so fond of, formations like Heinlein s the door dilated or a statement like her world exploded , which could have a muchliteral meaning in a science fiction novel than in a mundane novel.Infodumps g In some ways, Triton is as much about science fiction as it is about social and political models.The infodump or exposition is a vital part of the SF genre it helps ground us in the imagined world of the story at hand and to contextualise those uniquely science fictional sentences Delany is so fond of, formations like Heinlein s the door dilated or a statement like her world exploded , which could have a muchliteral meaning in a science fiction novel than in a mundane novel.Infodumps give us the necessary context to understand things that do not gel with our everyday experience, they help understand social, political, cultural and technological elements of a story s background that are taken for granted when reading a book about our own times and our own people.But an infodump is not necessarily informative in the strict sense there are endless examples of SF infodumps that offer an explanation for things that we know cannot be explained because they have not h...

  7. Jeanne Thornton says:

    sppoilerzzz I feel very weird about this book I love a lot of it, but in the end it felt just too terrible to spend this much time with bron i kind of would have been elated with the book just ending after the spike s letter arrives and a Big Event happens in the war the subsequent gender stuff is very gratifying to me on one level and very depressing on another i appreciate that pains were taken to establish that bron s Gender Journey is not typical, but that also kind of grosses me ou...

  8. A says:

    A somewhat cautious and tentative 4 for a very unique and interesting book As with all things, interesting does not always mean good, but in this case it leansin that direction.I must admit that some of my trepidation early on was due to not having built sufficient trust yet in the author, being uncertain what sort of ride I had agreed to and how it would come together It is an often rambling book, with ainternalized, character oriented focus than much SF The events that would b A somewhat cautious and tentative 4 for a very unique and interesting book As with all things, interesting does not always mean good, but in this case it leansin that direction.I must admit that some of my trepidation early on was due to not having built sufficient trust yet in the author, be...

  9. Dan says:

    Triton is one of those books that lingers in the penumbra at the edges of my understanding like a jungle cat stalking prey, carefully choosing the perfect moment to pounce And yet and yet I couldn t put it down Delany s prose is irresistible and his ideas are tantalizing even if I m not entirely sure I walked away with a clear understanding Triton is also an example of a particular type of sci fi that skips past the distraction of identity politics such as race, gender, and sexuality to g Triton is one of those books that lingers in the penumbra at the edges of my understanding like a jungle cat stalking prey, carefully choosing the perfect moment to pounce And yet and yet I couldn t put it down Delany s prose is irresistible and his ideas are tantalizing even if I m not entirely sure I walked away with a clear understanding Triton is also an example of a particular type of sci fi that skips past the distraction of identity politics such as race, gender, and sexuality to get at larger issues, which is not to say these things aren t discussed Quite the contrary In fact, the main thing that s widely known, relatively speaking, about this book is how the protagonist switches gender and sexuality Rather, what I mean is that these categories that are so often divisive today cease to have the same impact in an...

  10. El says:

    I feel like of all the books that made up Radical Utopias, this one took the longest for me to read I don t know if that s realistic or not, but it was definitely the longest, and at times, driest Which is hard to admit since I felt the first book in the anthology, Walk to the End of the World, was plenty dry.I read Dhalgren a few years ago and it blew my mind I have slowly been collecting Delany s novels, but went through the process realizing his other books might not touch me as deeply No I feel like of all the books that made up Radical Utopias, this one took the longest for me to read I don t know if that s realistic or not, but it was definitely the longest, and at times, driest Which is hard to admit since I felt the first book in the anthology, Walk to the End of the World, was plenty dry.I read Dhalgren a few years ago and it blew my mind I have slowly been collecting Delany s novels, but went through the process real...

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