Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R. Delany
Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R. Delany
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Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R. Delany

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The novel examines how Triton's freedoms and customs are perceived by the main characters, particularly Bron Helstrom, a young man who has previously worked on Mars as a prostitute. The society of Mars is far harsher than that of Triton, and it has evidently influenced Bron's personality. He is self-absorbed, often lacks insight about himself and others, and has great difficulty with personal relationships. Although the civilization of Triton offers everything that he could reasonably want, he is unhappy with his life, out of harmony with those around him, and continually looking for others to blame whenever things go wrong.

As the novel continues, political tensions between Triton and Earth lead to a destructive interplanetary war. This is mainly used as the backdrop for Bron's (ultimately disastrous) relationship with a brilliant young woman known as the Spike, but Delany speculates about how an interplanetary war might actually unfold.

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Paperback, good condition. Slight foxing on page edges.

Published by Corgi Books, 1977.

ISBN: 0552105791