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Orion, Nov 11, 2010 - Fiction - 208 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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Review: Babel-17/Empire Star

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I had to read this one twice. I think it a transitional novel between sf pulp and sf literature. The main character Rydra is asked by the military to decipher a code, Babel 17, heard over the radio ... Read full review

Review: Babel-17/Empire Star

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Note: The book also came with the novella Empire Star, also written by Samuel R. Delany, but I only read the Babel-17 portion of it. I finished Babel-17 a little over three months ago but neglected to ... Read full review

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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.

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