Babel-17

Babel-17

Babel-17 is all about the power of language. Humanity, which has spread throughout the universe, is involved in a war with the Invaders, who have been covertly assassinating officials and sabotaging spaceships. The only clues humanity has to go on are strange alien messages that have been intercepted in space. Poet and linguist Rydra Wong is determined to understand the language and stop the alien threat. (Paul Goat Allen)

Title:Babel-17
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780839823285
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    Babel-17 Reviews

  • Nataliya

    I have always believed that the language you speak determines the way you think. How else can it be, really? I am a trilingual person who has quite a few monolingual family members, and I can't even t...

  • Manny

    When you revisit something after a long interval, you never know what you're going to get. A few days ago, I read The Story of the Amulet, the third volume in the E. Nesbit trilogy that starts with Fi...

  • Scott

    Heresy.That’s what disliking a book with the reputation of Babel-17 feels like. This novel is a recognised classic, re-printed many times, including as an SF Masterworks edition, and it has been rat...

  • Lyn

    Samuel R. Delaney’s 1966 Nebula Award winning novel and Hugo nominated book continues to excite and baffle SF fans more than 50 years later.Delaney bases much of his writing in the book on the Sapir...

  • Adrian

    I can’t work out if this book should be 5 stars and in my favourites folder, or if it was just quite good. How strange. Need to deliberate.So here I am 24 hours later, and I'm still undecided. It wa...

  • Markus

    A fascinating exploration of linguistics theory more than a science fiction novel, Babel-17 leaves you intrigued but unsatisfied. It is arguably a fantastic intellectual experiment, but the literary e...

  • Monica

    I liked this one. I found it to be quirky, weird, fascinating and unexpected. Another arrow in the Galactic secret agent quiver quest. The exploration of language as an ultimate tool for conquering an...

  • Claudia

    Surprisingly fresh for a SF novel written in 1966. It has a lot of interesting ideas, the main one being the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. In fact, the whole story is based on the development of this idea a...

  • Apatt

    Samuel R. Delany was on a short list of famous sf authors I have never read, the list includes Cordwainer Smith, Henry Kuttner, C. J. Cherryh, Stephen Baxter and Neal Asher. I will try to get to all o...

  • Baba

    SF Masterworks (2010 relaunch series) #6: A deceptively short book that feels like a bit of a saga, and I mean that in a good way. In a far future when man alongside a few other races is spread all o...