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Nova

By Samuel R. Delany

Rating: 4 stars

Lorq von Ray is captain of a starship and scion of one of the richest families in the galaxy. He gathers a motley crew to help him pilot his ship into a nova to claim Illyrion: the most valuable energy source known to man.

This was a great book with some very wide-ranging themes, although primarily obsession. Lorq is obsessed with Illyrion and goaded on by a feud with a rival family. The crew of the ship also form interesting characters and provide the backdrop to the star-spanning feud of the principal character. The universe of the novel is set out in detail with throwaway references and little mollycoddling to start with, although some exposition late helps fill in the gaps to making a fascinating universe. Definitely recommended.

Book details

ISBN: 9780375706707
Publisher: Vintage
Year of publication: 1968

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