The Einstein Intersection
The Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of 1967. The surface story tells of the problems a member of an alien race, Lo Lobey, has assimilating the mythology of earth, where his kind have settled among the leftover artifacts of humanity. The deeper tale... show more
The Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of 1967. The surface story tells of the problems a member of an alien race, Lo Lobey, has assimilating the mythology of earth, where his kind have settled among the leftover artifacts of humanity. The deeper tale concerns, however, the way those who are "different" must deal with the dominant cultural ideology. The tale follows Lobey's mythic quest for his lost love, Friza. In luminous and hallucinated language, it explores what new myths might emerge from the detritus of the human world as those who are "different" try to seize history and the day.
Publish date: July 15th 1998
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Pages no: 136
Edition language: English
"Suddenly the wandering little beast fled, leaving in my lap-O horror-a monster and misshapen maggot with a human head."Where is your soul that I may ride it!"" Aloysius Bertrand/The Dwarf
Almost surreal at times, this reworking of Orpheus and Theseus narratives is set on Earth after humans have moved along elsewhere (dead? gone? no idea) and some other wierdos have taken over. It has the normal far future/dying earth conventions: chatty old cryptic computers still running, mutants...
Samuel R. Delany: scifi master, queer black boundary-crosser, critic and outsider, beloved cult figure, college professor, poet, genius.i had a hard time with this one at first, and gave up about a third of the way in. i didn't understand what was happening and i resented the novel - it confused and...
What just happened? Is "The Einstein Intersection" the work of a genius or a drug-addled madman? By giving it the Nebula award in 1967, the powers that be appear to lump Delany in the genius category. I'm in the Delany-as-madman camp. I far from enjoyed the book for a number of reasons.Delany's pop ...
A really lovely and thought-provoking blend of science fiction and mythology, and a great exploration of the concept of 'different'. I will read this one again, there is no doubt!