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9) The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany

Nebula winner from way back. I quite liked this at first, with the re-telling of the Orpheus and other myths very reminiscent of Zelazny's This Immortal and of Anderson's "Goat Song" which must have been writen at almost the same time. But it got a bit rambling and disjointed at the end. Also any author who inserts bits of his own writing journal into the text is just showing off. I'm rather surprised that this beat both Zelazny's Lord of Light and Silverberg's Thorns, but then I have often been surprised by Nebula winners. (The other two nominees were Chthon by Piers Anthony, which I haven't read, and The Eskimo Invasion by Hayden Howard, who I haven't even heard of.)

OK, six Nebula winners left to read.


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Feb. 25th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
TEI has long been my favourite SF novel. Can't remember if I was on your FL at the time but I commented on one if its covers here. This John Harris cover, on the other hand, does nothing for me.

At least Delany's journal excerpts were kept short. They added to the prose and romantic sensibilities of the book and showed what else Delany was thinking about and also doing, which I admired enormously. I can't tell you what a breath of fresh air TEI was to me back in '77, showing me how much wider the SF canvas could be aside from the likes of Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke.
Feb. 25th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Crumbs, that really is a good cover. I honestly think if my copy had had that cover I would have come away with a much more positive impression of the book as a whole.

My own "wake-up" to the wider possibilities of sf came via Zelazny rather than Delany (I've only really started reading the latter in the last few years). But I know what you mean.
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