Samuel “Chip” Delany is a renowned author, literary critic and professor, best known for his science fiction writing. First published at age 20, he has written more than two dozen books. His most celebrated novels include “Babel-17,” “Nova,” “Return to Neveryon,” and “Dhalgren,” which sold more than a million copies.
Delany has won four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards and a Stonewall Book Award. Among many other honors, he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and in 2013 the Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th Grand Master.
Delany was born and raised in Harlem. His aunts, Sadie and Bessie Delany, were civil rights pioneers who inspired characters in his collection of semiautobiographical novellas, “Atlantis: Three Tales.” Henry Beard Delany, his grandfather, was the first black bishop of the Episcopal Church.