THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SAMUEL R. DELANY, best known as the author of Dhalgren and Babel-17, is considered a grandmaster of the sci-fi genre and an icon of the LGBTQ, literary, and African-American communities.

Born and raised in Harlem, Delany began writing in the early 1960s and became famous for his provocative futuristic explorations of sexual identity. He was a rebellious pioneer who opened up the white male universe of science fiction to issues of race and gender. The grandson of a slave, he has written frankly about his life and sexual adventures as a gay African-American.

THE POLYMATH juxtaposes Delany’s flow of memories, readings and archival footage with visually stunning images of the city to craft a mesmerizing portrait of this complex eclectic intellectual, one of the most important writers of our time.


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