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FREE READ ê Nova By Samuel R. Delany Ied and exotic crew who sign up with Captain Lor van Ray know their mission is dangerous and they soon learn that they are involved in a deadly race with the charismatic but vicious leader of an opposing space federation But they have no idea of Lor's secret obsession to gather Illyrion at the source by flying through the very heart of an imploding sta. Sprung from pirates reeling blind in fire I am called pirate murderer thiefKudos to Delany for writing in 1968 one of the first space opera stories with real substance and serious cultural and sociological underpinnings as well as some interesting mythological overtones It is also considered a major cyberpunk forerunner introducing the concept of direct interfacing between man and machine Clearly this can be viewed as groundbreaking sci fi However perhaps because of it s age and New Age roots I found some elements hokey Tarot cards drug use psychedelic musicalsensory instruments and in general not all that entertaining

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FREE READ ê Nova By Samuel R. Delany Rement sensory deprivation and overload man machine communion the drug experience the creative experience and inter personal relationships which include incest and assassination father son leader follower human pet and lots The balance of galactic power in the 31st century revolves around Illyrion the most precious energy source in the universe The var. Nova does not cease telling you how clever it is It does this with plenty of the goobledigook that can mar any narrative sci fi or not First the neologisms meant to indicate that the writer really thought through his futuristic world sensory syrynx and psychorama are among the plenty These are meant to broadcast the legitimacy of his imagined world and that yes he took care to note that language evolves with the times Yet the dialogue and language otherwise has timeless problems stilted exposition weirdly clunky or just plain stale talk no matter how grandiose the stage Second are assumptions about structure that are disregarded for the sake of caprice in this case ending the novel in the middle of a sentence in the most groaner y fashion possible It should not have been a surprise considering chapters begin and end in the middle of a conversation for no discernible motive other than to force a cliffhanger when one doesn t appear naturally But it was one of those non surprises that still yielded an oh come on out loud from yours truly Third is the author surrogate character the always unwelcome Katin a neurotic soapbox of half baked truths about a half baked reality Half baked truths about the current reality are unpalatable imagine hearing fallacious arguments spouted at length about the state of existence in an already intangible other world Let s see what else as a plot it s relatively paper thin It s at base a space opera as they call it And the odor of triteness that comes with the territory is pungent indeed both the antagonist and protagonists are meant to look sympathetic not because of their actions but because they are both marked by physical deformity The seeds of their rivalry germinate in a childhood traumatic event that defines the rest of their lives A man loves his rival s sister or so one thinks There s even a set of twins that finish each others sentences The protagonist and his rivals are identically maniacal The book is melodramatic not just in its template but in its weighty themesThere are ways Nova is just dangling philosophical ideas from a form as tried and true as it can get and in the meantime uses the form to speculate about a future universe This means characters relay background information to one another at length This means the writer surrogate gets to opine at length about whatever topic fits the author s whims And sometimes it does feel like it is whatever topic The various subjects covered don t cohere all that well even with the nova metaphor of a major self collapse leaving something behind to salvage and re build from Basically when the book isn t shoehorning Delaney s viewpoints into every open nook and cranny it is marching along the narrowest and thinnest of narrative arcs Moby Dick this is not I am confounded by the comparison The sad thing is those viewpoints aren t very enlightening or provocative Some just feel over confident and inapplicable There s a debate between fiction and music music being of the moment and fiction being of the past There s a flourish about how future civilizations combat the problem of worker alienation that is fairly clever but ultimately too romantic and hollow So truly Nova is an unsuccessful balancing act between high minded and unsuccessful ideas and a broad minded and unsuccessful plot romance template Sure The Brothers Karamazov was in essence a courtroom drama interspersed with Christian philosophy But it was wasn t it It was so much That mixture of form and invention leaves one with than the sum of its parts sometimes This is something fiction and music can have in common Other times it leaves one with less than Nova is one of those times

  • Paperback
  • 241
  • Nova By Samuel R. Delany
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • English
  • 08 October 2017
  • 9780375706707