The Einstein Intersection

The Einstein IntersectionThe Einstein Intersection Won The Nebula Award For Best Science Fiction Novel Of 1967 The Surface Story Tells Of The Problems A Member Of An Alien Race, Lo Lobey, Has Assimilating The Mythology Of Earth, Where His Kind Have Settled Among The Leftover Artifacts Of Humanity The Deeper Tale Concerns, However, The Way Those Who Are Different Must Deal With The Dominant Cultural Ideology The Tale Follows Lobey S Mythic Quest For His Lost Love, Friza In Luminous And Hallucinated Language, It Explores What New Myths Might Emerge From The Detritus Of The Human World As Those Who Are Different Try To Seize History And The Day.This Edition Of The Classic Novel Has A Foreword By Neil Gaiman. Samuel R Delany scifi master, queer black boundary crosser, critic and outsider, beloved cult figure, college professor, poet, genius.i had a hard time with this one at first, and gave up about a third of the way in i didn t understand what was happening and i resented the novel it confused and frustrated me but then i rallied, mainly due to a flash of shame at thinking that i needed my novels to be spoon fed to me, with traditional narratives, easy answers and easily digested themes, familiar characters, obvious points to be made, the kind of simplicity that makes a novel a pleasant vacation that s not me i want those vacations, but i also want challenging and ultimately exhilarating experiences so i swallowed my boring desire to have things carefully explained to me, and jumped back in i m glad i did The Einstein Intersection is a wonderful and mind expanding book, well worth the effort a reader puts into it.there is fun and intrigue in figuring out what is happening, so i will spoilerize most of my synopsis far, far, far in the extremely far future, village herder musician Lobey goes on an Orpheus like quest for his slain lover view spoiler as the novel progresses, the reader comes to understand that the beings on this surprisingly verdant future earth are ali
I would be a liar if I said I could map out the plot to this novel in any kind of linear fashion One read through is definitely not enough So, is it even permissible to give the book my highest rating when I cannot, admittedly, lay the plot out in a plain diagram for you Oh, heck yes This book will play tricks with your mind, no doubt But if you enjoy strange dreams that hold their own internal logic unexplainable in the waking world, but somehow making perfect sense to your sleeping self you might just love this novella When I finished it, I felt like I had just woken up from a very deep, sad, meaningful dream, still slightly intoxicated and a bit confused.I even struggle to clearly outline who or what the main antagonist, Kid Death, is I seriously considered the following options as I read .1 Alternate personality of Lobey, the main character2 Computer generated being enabled by ancient humans3 Supernatural being4 Result of bad head wound to Lobey and concluded that none of them were correct, though each of them could have been And this seems to be at the heart of what Delany has written here A Godelian possibility space that cannot be deciphered from within, but must be understood on an intuitive, subconscious level by the reader, who is completely outside of the character s possibility spa
I had never read any Samuel R Delany before, so I wasn t sure what to expect And I don t think I was expecting this lyrical, mythical, entrancing science fiction Delany weaves together new and old myths into a science fiction story about a race living in the ruins humans left behind, trying on their lives and living out their stories until they work through them and can finally move on to their own.Note The rest of t
The Einstein Intersection New Wave SF with style but story lacks disciplineOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureIt doesn t get any New Wave SF than this very slim 1968 Nebula winning novel 157 pages , and it s hard to imagine anything like this being written today It s a mythical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice story in a far future Earth populated by the mutated remnants of humanity Being a Delany book, the writing is disjointed, jazzy, lyrical, playful, and tantalizing The surface events are fairly obscure, but it s clear that the real narrative is buried beneath, and in case you didn t catch on, every chapter has several obscure and fairly pretentious quotes from intellectuals, not least of all the author himself, who inserts between chapters snippets of his journals from his artistic travels in the Mediterranean while writing this book, in classic meta fiction style Even in a longer book I d view this literary device as fairly self indulgent, but when the entire story is 157 pages, it s seems downright insulting to the reader It s very clear that reader expectations and tastes have changed dramatically in the last half century.The plot, to be charitable, involves Lo Lobey, a humanoid mutant in the far future who sounds like a Neanderthal with great brute strength but limited brain capacity He is a musician who plays his sword like a flute, and when his love Friza disappears one day, he sets out on a quest to fi
As morning branded the sea, darkness fell away at the far side of the beach I turned to follow it So ends The Einstein Intersection My own interest in Delany may be terminated as well The novel began as Orpheus and became Red River and ended as David Copperfield All that without Walter Brennan Delany lards his fiction with ideas, with theory Unfortunately he can t stop acknowledging that A future grimdark place where the humans have left Mutants remai
Dude I was about 3 chapters into this book and some guy flat out stole this book from me.Nastyguy Do you mind if I read this Me Yes, I m reading it Nastyguy Can I take a look at it at least Me Ummm, okay But I m in the middle of it, so don t leave with it Nastyguy Okay About 2 hours later, after Nastyguy leaves Me searching all over Did anybody see the book I was reading Sister I think I saw Nastyguy leaving with it He said you let him borrow it.Me Awwwh, % It must be so good
if neil stephenson wrote this book, it d be 157,000,000 pages long delany does it as a novella and somehow it contains the whole world.i wish they d let him keep the original title, though a fabulous, formless darkness was much better. This is the only book by Delany that I ve ever cared for I love it He blends SF mythology, a post apocalyptic world filled with wonders monsters Our hero journeys through this world, discovering about it, himself the human race He shows mankind s greatest failures achievements through the eyes of something else A very interesting read re read.I read it again although the words ar
Psychedelic 60s SF version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, quite nicely done The Orpheus character is sympathetic and well realized, as is his demonic opponent, Kid Death Eurydice is suitably beautiful, tragic and mysterious, but doesn t have m
This is a really short book and I didn t really care for it, so I m forgoing my usual format to just include a few words.I ve never read anything by Mr Delany before, and if this is an indication of his work, I likely won t read anything else.My understanding however is that this is one of his earlier works, so maybe I ll like his later works better.This was the January 2014 pick for Sword Laser and I ve had pretty good luck with the Sci Fi picks in 2013, sadly the trend hasn t continued to kick off 2014.I read this all in one sitting in an airport on the plane to Vegas I m now trying to recall what I liked disliked about this story a long sleep deprived weekend later.My only recollections were that thankfully this is short and I m glad I m done with this This is really a story about the journey and not the destination I guess, but I just found it strange and mostly pointless There are universal themes of love and loss in a post apocalyptic type setting.The one highlight for me was the ancient lore of The Beatles They are one of my favorite bands so the notion of them being used as some kind of parable was amusing to me I will however point out that Rin