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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 Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, 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 Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, 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 Her Husbands Christmas Bargain 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 The Geography of Witchcraft yielded an oh come on out loud from Hold On To Me 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

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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. For those of you unfamiliar with Delany let me explain to you what it s like reading one of his novels And Delany is a clever PLUS so I think there should be way raving about him than there is I don t uite hear enoughHere s the blurb they give youThe balance of galactic power in the 31st century revolves around Illyrion the most precious energy source in the universe The varied 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 source by flying through the very heart of an imploding starSo you re like Oh 240 pgs of ragtag interstellar fun I m in But you start to read and you re like pg 1 50 intro to characters and recruitment for dangerous race with Lor van Ray pgs 51 220 Of course if we consider the 25th century s extrapolation of interdimensional sociocultural hegemony Heidegger is in retrospect the 20th century s most important thinker If and it goes without saying we couple this idea with Marx s Scientific Dialectics the physicochemical structure Illyrion is better understood if we conduct a thought experiment to consider the properties of a substance not yet available on the 21st century s periodic table of elements pgs 220 240 Holy fuck that van Ray guy s trying to gather Illyrion at source by flying through the very heart of an imploding star So you can see why I like it Delany delves beyond shallow novel dilettantism to make fearsome polymathic connections between disciplines And clearly his intellectual exuberance is infectious In fact I m convinced if this novel was really written in the 31st century you d barely have to change a goddamn thing which is a ridiculous statement to make but such is the power of Delany s sci fi Given my little primer on Delany above there s way too much to capture in a single reading and that s why I m delighted to be following this one up with Dhalgren which I WTF ed over years ago it s sci fi Ulysses But much like any WTF dense piece of showboatery Camus Joyce Pynchon Gass DFW Gibson the first reading is the breathless anxious Will I even get through this investment that allows for the second reading s reaping of goldSo I see this is a 2015 version of this novel And Delany s first three novels were recently reissued in a single compendium so almost all his stuff is back in print I believe Let SF Masterworks know they ve done the right thing and buy a paperback of this asap If indeed that does signal publishers who ever knows D Because Delany s words thrive on a printed page and you ll judge yourself less for all the flicking back and forth P

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These are at least some of the ways you can read NOVA as a fast action farflung interstellar adventure; as archetypal mysticalmythical allegory in which the Tarot and the Grail both figure prominently; as modern myth told in the S F idiom the reader observes recollects or participates in a range of personal experience including violent pain and disfigu. NOVA ueen sings Ahhh AhhhhReading this I could not help thinking about the 1980 Mike Hodges film Flash Gordon starring Max von Sydow and Sam Jones Many critics and reviewers have used the term space opera to label and describe Samuel Delaney s imaginative Hugo nominated 1968 science fiction novel and I think I will join those ranksWikipedia defines space opera as follows Space opera is a sub genre of science fiction that often emphasizes romantic often melodramatic adventure set mainly or entirely in outer space usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities weapons and other technologyI call Nova a space opera because of the dramatic chamber like setting of a science fiction story While Delaney explains his science well and his novel contains all of the usual elements of the genre it is similar to John Ford s 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in that all or most of the action takes place in a closed setting as if on a theater stageComparing the novel to Flash Gordon and affixing the space opera label on the work may lead some readers to assign the novel to the campy or pulpy lower ranks of sci fi mediocrity This is far from the case Delaney has crafted an adventure of far future cultural and socio economic complexity and all wound together with a refreshingly original literary talent It is readily clear that the author a green but educated 25 at the time of submission has a creative ability that generations of writers to be would give an artificial limb to possessDelaney s science is cutting edge as well and he anticipates the cyberpunk sub genre than a decade early while blending together a rich topography of classical mythological and mystical constituentsA must read for a true science fiction fan


10 thoughts on “Nova Author Samuel R. Delany

  1. says:

    flawed but heroic space captain on a mission that is part vengeance and part noble uest assembles a disparate crew to fly

  2. says:

    “NOVA” – ueen sings – Ahhh AhhhhReading this I could not help thinking about the 1980 Mike Hodges film Flash Gordo

  3. says:

    Nova A New Wave Grail uest space opera from the 1960sOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureNova is Samuel Chip Delany's 1968 space opera with mythicGrail uest overtones It is packed with different themes subtexts allegorical and cultural references and literary experiments and the young author just 25 years old is clearly a very talented intelligent and passionate writerBut I didn't enjoy it sadly While I thought Babel 17 was a

  4. says:

    Finished a reread of Samuel R Delany's Nova for my reading group I'll post a longer review later but for nowNova is considered by some critics as the last of Delany's early period lesser novels I think it is the first of his masterpieces insofar as he fully embraces what will become a trademark in the next several Dhalgren Troubl

  5. says:

    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 legi

  6. says:

    Ah classic space opera futuristic setting oddball characters with oddball philosophies and ships and science well beyond what we ken Unlike a good deal of space opera Nova is not a doorstopper It is modest in length and in

  7. says:

    For those of you unfamiliar with Delany let me explain to you what it's like reading one of his novels And Delany is a clever PLUS so I think t

  8. says:

    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 con

  9. says:

    Direct seeming in the mythic way Nova still belies its modest page count bursting at its seams with Delany's muscular world building prowess H

  10. says:

    A grizzled young captain and his ragtag crew go on the biggest and deadliest refueling trip in history Stakes entire galactic economy massive inflation should they succeed It starts out promising introduces the mai

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