Re-reading Triton

I read a book by Samuel Delaney back in the Jurassic Age, Triton. I loved it. This author created a world where our earth and moon and Mars were populated and there were well developed colonies on some of the rocky moons that circle the gas giants. The book was set mainly on Neptune’s moon Triton.

I loved this book when I read it back in the Jurassic Age. I loved it so much more now. As always, there were many things I didn’t understand the first time I read it (it was first published in 1976 or so). I understood most of it better now than I did back then. There was a lot of stuff I didn’t remember very well like gravity cuts and a crazy trip to a restaurant on our earth. I didn’t even remember that the main character traveled to Earth. The worst thing is that I couldn’t find the book at first. Turns out it has been renamed “Trouble on Triton” and eventually became available as an ebook.

So a couple of points that stand out. One. The author used the n-word a few times in the book. That took me aback a bit but I finally googled the author and discovered that he is a Black man. Thank god for the google. I wouldn’t have known that back in the Jurassic Age without going to the “libes” or whatever.

Two. The author includes many many erudite topics in this book although he doesn’t dwell on them ad nausem. One of the things he briefly touched on made me turn on my newly gifted Spotify app! He mentioned the 20th century composer Anton Webern. I thought “I know about him”. So I Spotified him. One of these days when the GG is not around, I will play his music. I don’t think the GG would like Webern butcha nevah know. But I think I want to experience him alone.

This is a very disjointed entry but if you are in any way shape or form a sci-fi buff, this is a book worth looking into.

The pic? My mouse in her handmade raincoat and “matching” grocery bag. The GG was looking for a pic of this raincoat to send to a hiking buddy, who has also made her own raincoat. I have actually made MY own raincoat too but it was back in the day and the fabric wasn’t all that great so I don’t consider it a successful prodject. I *think* my raincoat fabric had a snake skin design.

One Response to “Re-reading Triton”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’m too often disappointed in books I’ve read in the past since my tastes have evidently changed. I used to read a ton of sci-fi though. Never heard of that one.