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 of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the... show more
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 of the 32nd 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 that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn’t know, though, 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.
Publish date: June 11th 2002
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Some odd characters with strange philosophies. Class conflict on a large scale. All set against the backdrop of the 32nd century spanning many galaxies.
Basically, I was shamed into reading Nova. Well, maybe not shamed, exactly. But a number of friends, upon learning that I'd never read anything by Samuel R. Delany, strongly suggested that I read this book.Nova won the Hugo Award for Delany in 1968. It's a space opera about a good-guy space captain ...
Delany was probably the most stylistically experimental of all the new wave SF authors. You don't read a Delany novel for the plot, but rather for the stylistic flair and imagery. I read Nova about 20 years ago and honestly I don't remember the plot, but I remember the sensory syrynx and the sort ...