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Orion, Nov 11, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
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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. Joint winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1966

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Exquisite, delicate, high-wire writing. - Goodreads
Well written action scenes, at that. - Goodreads
In fact, I thought the characterization was strong. - LibraryThing
Some amazing sci-fi writing though. - Goodreads
Some of the imagery. - Goodreads

Review: Babel-17/Empire Star

User Review  - J. - Goodreads

Babel-17: this is Delany swinging for the fences, even though it is his early work. Queered relationships, hardcore linguistics, strong female protag, poetry, and something that doesn't show up much ... 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)

Samuel R. Delany (1942 - ) Samuel Ray 'Chip' Delany, Jr was born in Harlem in 1942, and published his first novel at the age of just 20. As author, critic and academic, his influence on the modern genre has been profound and he remains one of science fiction's most important and discussed writers. He has won the Hugo Award twice and the Nebula Award four times, including consecutive wins for Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection. Since January 2001 he has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program. For more information see

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