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-17User Review - Goodreads
This is one science fiction's classics and I can see why. Delany's writing is magnificent. It's very literary compared to a lot of SF and actually a lot of the plot is to do with language. It centres ... Read full review
Review: Babel-17/Empire StarUser Review - Goodreads
Delany is my favorite SF writer. His writing is vivid and poetic, like a neon tattoo on the brain, or tiny psychedelic whorls in the minds eye. In some ways, he is a successor to Alfred Bester and ... Read full review