Nova

Nova

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By (author) Samuel R Delany

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 201mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 11 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375706704
  • ISBN 13: 9780375706707
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 193,525

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Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn’t know, though, is that Lorq’s quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he’ll stop at nothing to achieve it. In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity’s oldest truths and enduring myths.

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Samuel R. Delany lives in Harlem, New York.

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"One of the most complete and fully realized pictures of an interstellar society that I have ever read." --"Science Fiction Times" "As of this book [Samuel R. Delany] is the best science-fiction writer in the world." --Galaxy "A fast-action farflung interstellar adventure; [an] archetypal mystical/mythical allegory; [a] modern myth told in the S-F idiomEand lots more." --"Fantasy and Science Fiction"

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Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn't know, though, is that Lorq's quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.