Babel-17

Babel-17

Empire Star

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375706691
0375706690
Branch Call Number: SF DELANY
Characteristics: 219, 92 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Babel-seventeen

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Aliens messing with our minds through some kind of lingo? And the SF protagonist is a woman? Thank you, Samuel!

Babel-17 is a language where the meaning is so perfectly expressed in so few words that it accelerates thought, making it possible to solve problems in a nanosecond. It is not just a language -- it is a weapon.

A poet is 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.


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