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This review is from: Babel Seventeen (Babel-17) (S.F.Masterworks S.) (Paperback)
This is a real piece of science fiction. Set in the far future in a time when Humans have colonised the galaxy. The Alliance have recieved a number of sabotage attempts and the only clue are recordings of a strange 'code' - named Babel-17. Rydra Wong, a captain and poet, holds the key to translation. We are taken on a well described world as Rydra brings together a crew and then embarks on a mission to decipher what it all means. It is soon discovered that Babel-17 is not just a code but a strange enigmatic language!
This is quite a heavy going book in parts - plenty of techno-babble. The characters are well drawn - Rydra Wong , The Butcher and The Baron are really memorable. The situations and scenarios are interesting.
I did feel that some of the sections were a little muddled and the dialogue difficult to follow, but this in some way added to the feel. This book really dealt with communication and the lack of it.
I would certainly keep faith with this book as the story explains itself in the final Chapters.