- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375706690
- ISBN-13: 978-0375706691
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,144,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Babel-17/Empire Star (Vintage) Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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"The most interesting writer of science fiction writing in English today."-The New York Times Book Review
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Author of the bestselling Dhalgren and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction.
Babel-17," winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy's deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack. For the first time, Babel-17 is published as the author intended with the short novel Empire Star, the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he's entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world. Spellbinding and smart, both novels are testimony to Delany's vast and singular talent.
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As a story it is almost classical with one 'super-being' (just how I envisage her, not how she is described in the book) and her adventures across the galaxy in search of her goal. The description of how she gathers together her crew are I think the highlight of the book. The make-up of the crew and how the ships are navigated are quite unique and take a little time to grasp and is really quite a clever idea. The build up to the ending also seems quite contrived and bears almost no relationship to the start of the book, giving me the impression that the author had a good ending, and good beginning and a good idea, but didn't know how to combine them into a flowing story.
Personal Summary: A good book for its time with some novel ideas, but I do not feel enriched or up-lifted after reading it.
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All over the place. Didn't improve and slowly lost the will to carry on