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Second paragraph of third section:“Hey, just how long have actually you to be back?”I don't always get on v Delany's writing, and this is a great example the a story that i admire however don't especially like. The protagonist is a professional criminal in a near-future culture who walk by countless different aliases, every one of which have the initials H.C.E. (this is a lift from Finnegan's Wake, apparently). Two of the other personalities share a name, eagle the Singer and also Arty the Hawk, a mafia don. The story is pinned by two encounters with defense agent Maud Hinkle (though who knows if that is yes, really her name). The semi-precious stones of the title room code-words among the criminal underworld, changed every month.There is a specifically gorgeous party scene near the beginning, and afterwards some juicy incidental detail and also innuendo about what may be yes, really going on; it's no too daunting to read a lot of elements of the story as mirroring the underground gay scene in the pre-Stonewall period. Delany's writing format sparkles but also has hidden depths; however, ns don't watch a many substance here -no plot, really, and little character development. Clearly he captured the Zeitgeist of the sf scene, offered the story's award-winning success against strong competition."Time considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" won the 1970 Hugo for best Short Story. Various other finalists were: "Passengers", by Robert Silverberg; "Not Long before the End", through Larry Niven; "Deeper 보다 the Darkness", by Gregory Benford; and "Winter's King", by Ursula K. Le Guin. It also won the 1969 Nebula for best Novelette. Other finalists were "Nine Lives", by Ursula K. Le Guin; "The large Flash", through Norman Spinrad; and also "Deeper 보다 the Darkness" through Gregory Benford again.I have to say the I find the two Le Guin stories more to my very own taste, and "Passengers" (which winner a Nebula) still sends chills down my back when ns think that it.Other awards the year: The Left Hand that Darkness won both Hugo and Nebula for best Novel (published 1969, forgive 1970) - ns reread it five years earlier so I'm going to skip ahead to Theodore Sturgeon's "Slow Sculpture" for my following entry in this sequence. "Ship of Shadows", through Fritz Leiber, won the ideal Novella Hugo; "A Boy and also his Dog", through Harlan Ellison, winner the equivalent Nebula. The latter has had more staying power, i think. As pointed out above, "Passengers", through Robert Silverberg, winner the Nebula for finest Short Story. (There was no Hugo for finest Short Story.)Reprinted this century (so far) in Nebula Awards Showcase 2015, ed. Greg Bear, and also the Delany repertoire Aye, and Gomorrah.