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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. 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 Trouble On Triton and all the Neveryon books ending with Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand namely the full use of metafiction Many mainstream literary novelists employed it in roughly the same time period Barth Pynchon Gaddis Fowles even Vonnegut and certain Atwood Murdoch Peircy and Lessing but one rarely encountered it in science fiction Certainly it was never used to such effect until much later In Nova we find it s first full deploymentOn the surface this is a space opera style adventure a feud between two great families across the galaxy high politics and finance and a race for a treasure It has all the classic tropes an independently owned starship a motley crew wild and vividly described planets and at times nail biting pacing but it also steps back from itself to comment on what is happening in terms of history and myth mostly via the character of Katin a or less aimless young man with an immense store of academic training and a finely honed sense of process who has been taking notes for years on a novel he intends to write which in this far flung time is a lost art He joins the crew of the Roc almost by accident and uickly becomes invested in their uest as much for the relationships he makes among the varied members of the crew as for all the resonances he sees in the captain s self imposed uest It is a grail uest it is a hunt for a white whale it is spy craft and it is fate all rolled into one mission to an exploding star Delany offers up the points of mythic resonance throughout for anyone who cares to find out tying the adventure to literary and cultural archetypes spanning millenniaThis raises the novel well above the level of simple adventure Hints as to the nature of the crew who is Jason who is Argos who is Medea who is Ahab are sprinkled throughoutAs well this book gives us a foretaste of the kind of evocative language Delany will hone in the next several novelsAs metafiction Delany s novels are master classes on how science fiction is constructed and why the subtext connects so strongly to what on the surface appears to be a mere entertainment He is as interested in how culture works as in what his characters go through Nothing in a Delany novel happens in isolation from all of history and myth

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Nova AUTHOR 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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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 through a nova this is Samuel R Delany so that synopsis just barely scratches the surface I'm going to copy paste a post regarding this book that I just made in a group I moderate hopefully the pasted p

  2. says:

    “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 des

  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 tho

  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 Dhalgr

  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 wor

  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 focus though not in scope The cast of characters is small but the events have large repercussion Captain Lor von Ray certainly has much in common with Captain Ahab and obsession is an important motif in Nova I

  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 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

  8. says:

    Sprung from pirates reeling blind in fire I am called pirate murderer thiefKudos to Delany for writing in 1968 one of the f

  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 How could it come to an end so uickly I thought with how full it is growing And Delany's world Constructed with an innate faith in the ability of his readers to keep up or perhaps simply not caring if they do Having only read Dhalgren prior to this I wasn't sure what to expect More of the same? And t

  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 main characters effectively gets us to hate the bad guys properly and outlines enough of the life in the early fourth mill