“[Nova] reads like Moby-Dick at a strobe-light show!” —Roger Sale, Time Magazine
“Here are (at least some of) the ways you can read Nova: As fast-action far-flung interstellar adventure; as archetypal mystical/mythical allegory (in which the Tarot and the Grail both figure prominently); as modern myth told in the SF idiom . . . The reader observes, recollect, or participates in a range of personal human experience including violent pain and disfigurement, sensory deprivation and overload, man-machine communion, the drug experience, the creative experience—and interpersonal relationships which include incest and assassination, father-son, leader-follower, human-pet, and lots more.” —Judith Merrill, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Samuel R. Delany is the most interesting author of science fiction writing in English today.” —Gerald Jonas, New York Times Book Review
“Samuel R. Delany, right now, as of this book, Nova, not as of some future book or some accumulated body of work, is the best science-fiction writer in the world, at a time when competition for that status is intense. I don’t see how a science fiction writer can do more than wring your heart while explaining how it works. No writer can. The special thing that science fiction does is to first credibly place the heart in an unconventional environment. A particular thing that recent science fiction has been doing is to make that unconventional environment a technological one. Another has been to make it a romantic one, sometimes calling it an intensely humanistic one . . . All of these things are accomplished in Nova.” —A.J. Budrys, Galaxy Magazine
“One of the most complete and fully realized pictures of an interstellar society that I have ever read.” —Norman Spinrad, Science Fiction Times
Get this back in print, and buy it if you can find it.
The book also introduces the idea of socket inserts in humans, allowing anyone to plug into any machine and control the machine as an extension of his body.
The story is told from the viewpoint of several other characters, but I just couldn't get into them and I thought they were just OK.
I liked the characters different personalities, and the politics involved. It was very theatrical, easy to imagine the expressions and worlds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by elijah ford
Unbelievable that this does not have a kindle version. Come on, Amazon, get the lead out. You are pushing your Kindles, give us a reason to justify their existence.Published 3 months ago by Ronald Stepp
Firstly, this is probably my favourite book ever. Its one of the first I read as a youngster and was the first that I really connected with. The writing is outstanding. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul B
Years ago, I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club. and NOVA was one of my favorites. A box of my favorite books, including this one, Stand on Zanzibar, and many others,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tricia M
A personal favorite, this early Delany is some of his best straight-SF work. While it's been in-print many times since the first edition, I'm very happy to see an e-book form. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Kittrell
I obtained this book in 1971 and it has been my habit to re-read it every couple of years during the post-Christmas downtime so I can re-live the wonder of it all in the same way I... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephen Mann
This was probably the second novel by Samuel R. Delany that I read (I had encountered several of his shorter works in various Nebula Award collections) after Dhalgren. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Frederick
I imagine that my affection for this book would be tempered had I been reading other Delany books more recently or even some mind bending works of awesomeness like Palimpsest or... Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by Tim Lieder