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, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy’s deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack.
Winner Nebula Award 1967
'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, “The most interesting writer of science fiction writing in English today.”-The New York Times Book Review
Born in 1942 in Harlem, New York, Samuel R. Delany has become one of SF's most influential and discussed authors. Since 1988 he has also been Professor of Comparative Literature at Massachusetts University. He has won the NEBULA AWARD.