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    • Publication date:11 Nov 2010
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Babel-17

By Samuel R. Delany

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BABEL-17 is the novel which catapulted Samuel R. Delany into the front rank of SF writers.

In the far future, after human civilization has spread through the galaxy, communications begin to arrive in an apparently alien language. They appear to threaten invasion, but in order to counter the threat, the messages must first be understood.

Biographical Notes

Samuel R. Delany (1942 - )
Samuel Ray 'Chip' Delany, Jr was born in Harlem in 1942, and published his first novel at the age of just 20. As author, critic and academic, his influence on the modern genre has been profound and he remains one of science fiction's most important and discussed writers. He has won the Hugo Award twice and the Nebula Award four times, including consecutive wins for Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection. Since January 2001 he has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program.

For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/delany_samuel_r

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  • ISBN: 9780575094208
  • Publication date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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