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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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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

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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

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User Review  - Abrelihan44 - Goodreads

the mind and the body connect through language. This is a very poetic sf work with themes of love, war, and muscles 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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