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Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost 16 light-years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor driving 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, including a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel. What the crew doesn't know 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.

©2002 Samuel R. Delany (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Just as fresh as my first reading 4+ decades ago

I bought this novel by Sam Delany in the summer between high school and my first year in collage. I read it whenever I could. Lunch breaks, smoke breaks (though I didn't smoke) and even skipping TV shows to get to back to this book. It was finished in less than a week and I was hungry for more. Delany had woven a galaxy filled with places and characters that exploded with uniqueness and mystery. It ranted with adventure and revenge and it pulled itself together by way of the impossible. It had its quirky madmen, scholarly good guys, off the road vagabonds and beautiful mysterious ladies who could predict your future or call back your past. This novel was written before Star Wars was even conceived yet it had plug in technology, as seen in Matrix and Space travel as vast and exploratory as Dune. And because Delany had obviously done his science homework he took the time to fill in the blanks on how a thousand years of our future history produced the marvels spoken of in here. I've so admired this work that I've always kept a copy in my library. So, when I saw it in audible form I grab it without a second thought. What a treasure. And now my compliments to the narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, who gave every character their whole, unique and distinct personalities while living thru their experiences with familiarity and fervor. Bravo! - I've read a lot of Sci-Fi in the last 50 plus years and this one still stands out as one of the true BEST. Please, if you're a real sci-fi fan don't pass this one up. After all don't you wanna know how to dive into the heart of a star and come out alive? Ha!

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Erudite sci-fi classic

Obscure, and perhaps more philosophizing than action, but worth reading, and it will make for a meaty book discussion!

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Classic

Nova is a classic for a reason. It’s inventive, creative, filled with fascinating characters. Recommended. It can also be a bit melodramatic - an element which is only heightened by the narration. It’s not bad narration, per se, but more like something my crazy uncle would provide, having convinced himself it’s something he’d be a natural at. He’s not. But still. It didn’t turn me off from listening. You might want to sample it first, though, just in case.

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Probably need to read as well as listen

I got lost a LOT through this book. The narration is great but I think there’s a lot of subtleties and literary aspects I blew past because it was audio. The book is good. Narration is great. Just pay attention haha

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Could not be bothered to finish it...

Although this book has some interesting points and occasionally a good idea, it simply isn’t worth the time it takes to listen to.

You get the feeling that this is one of those stories that is written for the author rather than the reader.

The story is convoluted and you are constantly waiting for the point at which the story will get interesting.... Although I didn’t listen to the end it doesn’t matter. Not even a perfect finale would save this book.

Narration is just fine.

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Couldn’t finish

I made it to the last hour and I was still waiting for something interesting to happen. No plot and stupid Yoda speak.

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lovely

Really good voices! And the book was as gorgeous and highly coloured as I remembered.

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What is going on?

The narrator has a deep colorful stiff Anglo-Saxon voice, which would have been perfect for the universe of the Anglo-Saxon world and it's myriad accents. Now, the story starts with a gypsy mouse in Turkey...

I gave it a try since it was free but I was delusioned within the hour. It's has no point and no direction. Nothing really happening. The author is mumbling names of places, planets and moons and I had no idea what was going on. It's like the ravings of an old lady that continually opens new side stories and switches to yet another one before you understand why she's doing that.

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An excellent narration, but story was only ok

I didn't like the story or the ending very much, however Stefan's narration was excellent and kept my interest until the end. I would likely not have finished a print version of this novel.

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very nice.

Great story. I'm shocked that Samuel Delaney isn't more widely known. Great performance. I will look for more.

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  • 01-05-20

Poetic sci-fi!!!

Delany is amazing!!! It doesn’t feel like reading or listening! Seeing, smelling and feeling strange and beautiful worlds!

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  • Michela
  • 02-06-22

Perfectly enjoyable and thrilling

A scarred, maimed and powerful space captain with a long-standing grudge , his just as maimed, powerful and revenge-seeking nemesis, a loyal, motivated space crew of people with quite different origins, traditions and skills, an unjust universe of haves and have-nots, fully dependent on the sources of energy and their owners and controllers, and an untapped, possibly unlimited, incredibly dangerous new source of energy. A novel set in the far future and full of plot twists and flashbacks, of cybernetic devices and interconnections, of imaginative futuristic, immersive art and drugs, of re-imagined traditions and myths, perfectly enjoyable and thrilling, especially considering that it was published in 1968. Wonderfully narrated in audiobook form.

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  • Johnny
  • 01-18-22

Sifi philosophy

This is a book I’d listen to again just to get the learning I missed the first time around . There’s slot in it that went way word but I think each character is in some way representing humanity