Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

TitleStars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Year for Search1984
AuthorsDelany, Samuel R[ay](b. 1942)
Date Published1984
PublisherBantam Books
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsAfrican American author, Male author
Annotation

Complex far future novel depicting various societies including eutopias and dystopias. The novel begins with a description of a dystopia from the point-of-view of a slave who remains a character throughout the novel. This was expected to be the first of two volumes, to be followed by The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities, which remains unpublished. One of the characters, Vondramach Okk, appears in his “Omegahelm.” Distant Stars (New York: Bantam Books, 1981). Rpt. illus. John Coffey (New York: ibooks, 2004), 263-78; rpt. in his Driftglass/Starshards (London: Grafton, 1993), 312-26; and in his Aye and Gomorrah. Stories (New York: Vintage Books, 2003), 260-72

Additional Publishers

Rpt. New York: Bantam Books, 1990 with an “Afterword” by the author (376-85); Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004 with the “Afterword” (349-56) and a “Foreword” by Carl Freedman (xi-xiv). An extract was originally published under the same title in Beyond This Horizon: An Anthology of Science Fact and Science Fiction. Ed. Christopher Carrell (Sunderland, Eng.: Ceolfrith Arts, 1973), 71-75; and a more substantial part was published as “from Stars in my pockets like grains of sand.” TriQuarterly, no. 49 (Fall 1980): 131-61. 

Info Notes

One of the characters, Vondramach Okk, appears in his “Omegahelm.” Illus. John Coffey. Distant Stars (New York: Bantam Books, 1981), 263-78; rpt. illus. John Coffey (New York: ibooks, 2004), 263-78; rpt. in his Driftglass/Starshards (London: Grafton, 1993), 312-26; and in his Aye and Gomorrah. Stories (New York: Vintage Books, 2003), 260-72.

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Author Note

African-American author (b. 1942)

Full Text

1984 Delany, Samuel R[ay] (b. 1942). Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. New York: Bantam Books. Rpt. New York: Bantam Books, 1990 with an “Afterword” by the author (376-85); Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004 with the “Afterword” (349-56) and a “Foreword” by Carl Freedman (xi-xiv). An extract was originally published under the same title in Beyond This Horizon: An Anthology of Science Fact and Science Fiction. Ed. Christopher Carrell (Sunderland, Eng.: Ceolfrith Arts, 1973), 71-75; and a more substantial part was published as “from Stars in my pockets like grains of sand.” Illus. Jack Gaughan. TriQuarterly, no. 49 (Fall 1980): 131-61. PSt

Complex far future novel depicting various societies including eutopias and dystopias. The novel begins with a description of a dystopia from the point-of-view of a slave who remains a character throughout the novel. This was expected to be the first of two volumes, to be followed by The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities, which remains unpublished. One of the characters, Vondramach Okk, appears in his “Omegahelm.” Illus. John Coffey, Distant Stars (New York: Bantam Books, 1981), 263-78; rpt. illus. John Coffey (New York: ibooks, 2004), 263-78; rpt. in his Driftglass/Starshards (London: Grafton, 1993), 312-26; and in his Aye and Gomorrah. Stories (New York: Vintage Books, 2003), 260-72. African-American author.