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In the far future, after human civilization has spread through the galaxy, communications begin to arrive in an apparently alien language. They appear to threaten invasion, but in order to counter the threat, the messages must first be understood.
Babel-17 is the novel which catapulted Samuel R. Delany into the front rank of SF writers.
"The first of a remarkable series of vital and stunning masterpieces, a dazzlingly realised star-spanning epic populated with truly mysterious aliens and humans entirely believable yet gorgeously strange. After this, the future was never the same again." - Paul J. McAuley.
Samuel R. Delany was born and raised in Harlem, and published his first novel in 1962 at the age of 20. He won the Nebula Award for best novel in consecutive years with Babel-17 (1966) and The Einstein Intersection (1967). His other novels include Dhalgren and Neveryon series. He teaches literature at Princeton University.