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Nova (1968)

von Samuel R. Delany

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Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor driving the thirty-second century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew, including a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn't know is that Lorq's quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.… (mehr)
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Delany, Samuel R. Nova. 1968. Open Road Media, 2014.
Nova is the novel that ends the first phase of Delany’s career. After this short, but well-detailed space opera, he turned to novels focusing on alternative sexuality and to writing Dhalgren, a long, difficult postapocalyptic novel with aspirations well beyond the limits of genre fiction. Nova describes a universe in which humanity is divided into two competing corporate stellar empires. The plot involves the competitive quest of the two empirical scions to obtain a rare substance created near an imploding star. It is a quest linked to the myth of the grail and involves regions of space where a Tarot deck predicts better than the ship’s computer. The characters are an odd lot who differ in race, sexual orientation and experience, culture, and social class. The most striking feature of the novel, though, is not its characters or its plot but its prose style. It is poetic and psychedelic. After all, it was published the same year LSD was made illegal. For a more modern reference, I read one review that compared it to the music of Queen. There is one scene describing a celebration that reminded me of Mardi Gras, set to the music of Pink Floyd. Read it yourself and come up with your own description. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Aug 5, 2021 |
My dear friend Jason Huntington (cognomen here on goodreads) recommended I read this. It was the second Delany book he ordered me to read, I never read the first but this one immediately captured me. It's a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
This was assigned reading, so I didn't approach it quite like I normally would. It's an interesting read for many reasons, and I definitely recommend it. The style is very distinct from what get written nowadays, of course, and very much in the same vein as Zelazny from that period.

The story did not go where I expected it to. It's a very meta book -- and of course it provides no answers to its questions about what we do when we write science fiction novels, or any novels really, whether it is or is not a Grail quest (is there anything else?), and who does the writing. Fascinating stuff. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
I'm strangely addicted to this novel... ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
I can't say I was too keen on this one, seemed overly convoluted and I just couldn't get into it.

At the end of the book I had no positive feeling from the reading experience, it was just meh. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Aug 9, 2020 |

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Fitzgerald, RussellJacket IllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor driving the thirty-second century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew, including a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn't know is that Lorq's quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.

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