Babel-17

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Orion, Nov 11, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
68 Reviews
In the far future, after human civilization has spread through the galaxy, communications begin to arrive in an apparently alien language. They appear to threaten invasion, but in order to counter the threat, the messages must first be understood.

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The simple plot is hidden beneath the prose. - Goodreads
Exquisite, delicate, high-wire writing. - Goodreads
In fact, I thought the characterization was strong. - LibraryThing
Some amazing sci-fi writing though. - Goodreads
Good use of language, poetry and sparse writing. - Goodreads
Delany is my favorite SF writer. - Goodreads

Review: Babel-17/Empire Star

User Review  - Sunil - Goodreads

My introduction to Grandmaster of Science Fiction Samuel R. Delany came in a fun little package: the novel Babel-17 that flips over to become the (tangentially related) Empire Star! Babel-17, as its ... Read full review

Review: Babel-17/Empire Star

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

I gave it a 3 because of the ideas and the experimentation, not because of its literary quality. The good: The linguistic ideas. Some of the imagery. The bad: The author spent a great deal of time ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Born in 1942 in Harlem, New York, Samuel R. Delany has become one of SF's most influential and discussed authors. Since 1988 he has also been Professor of Comparative Literature at Massachusetts University. He has won the NEBULA AWARD.

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