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Babel-17 Volume 17

Samuel R. Delany
Issued: October 1987
Gollancz Classic SF
ISBN 0575041234
Trade Paperback
Cover illustration by Nicholas Rodgers
x+200 pages

First published by Ace Books in 1966.

Publisher's Blurb
They called it Babel-17, this mind-twisting, multi-dimensional language – and it frightened Rydra Wong. For Babel-17 was not just a system of words, Babel-17 was a whole new way of thinking. Lightning-swift and horrifyingly effective, it was the Invaders’ subtlest weapon, clawing constantly at the Alliance’s Imperial outposts. Only Captain Wong could comprehend it, but could even she, the Alliance’s most brilliant poet, hope to control the corrupting power of its words?

SAMUEL R. DELANY was born in Harlem in 1942. His entrance on to the science fiction scene in the 1960s created a considerable impact and he was soon at the forefront of 'new wave' writing. His work includes the highly praised novels The Einstein Intersection, Nova and the bestselling Dhalgren. Babel-17 was the work for which Delany first won a major award.

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