am 29. September 2013
Babel-17: Clarity and intelligence
This is my first Delany, and it won't be the last. There is no doubt that this is a work of genius, coupled with literary skill – but without too much flash vocabulary: and when it did appear it was cleverly justified (my favourite being the three or four lines on Finnish cases). It is readable and flows easily. It doesn't dazzle with excessive space-fireworks, but he writes enough to create the deep feel of interstellar travel. The plot is cleverly crafted to keep the mystery going to the very end.
Above all, I was captivated by the way logic/ thought processes and language are analysed. A good way into those subjects without having to read “hifalutin'” philosophy.