The Einstein Intersection
Samuel R. Delany
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The 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.
couldn't let her fail. My heart rocked. My heart rolled. Numb, I dangled for some timeless time, till my hands began to slip. "All right. Up you go." Something seized my wrist and pulled me up, hard. My shoulders rang like gongs of pain under my ears. I was hauled blind over gravel. I blinked and breathed. Somehow Kid Death had pulled me up on the ledge with him. "Just saved your life," Kid Death said. "Aren't you glad you know me?" The Einstein Intersection 85 I began to shake. I was going to
ahead was a window. High in dark stone, a dragon twisted through lead tesselations. "Lobey?" 108 SAMUEL R. DELANY But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. The Revelation of John, chapter 2, verse 4 My trouble is, such a subject cannot be seriously looked at without intensifying itself towards a center which is beyond what I, or anyone else, is capable of writing of . . . Trying to write it in terms of moral problems alone is more than I can possibly do. My main hope
quarter-century . . . to a permanent place as one of the enduring monuments of our national literature." —Jeff Riggenbach, Libertarian Review "The very best ever to come out of the science fiction field . .. The usefulness of Dhalgren to you and to me is beyond question. Having experienced it, you will stand taller, understand more, and press your horizons back a little further away than you ever knew they would go ... a literary landmark." —Theodore Sturgeon, Galaxy Bookshelf "[Trouble on
corollaries in the present. Green-eye creates, but it is an oblique side effect of something else. You receive and conceive music; again only an oblique characteristic of who you are—" "Whoam I?" 'You're . . . something else." My question had contained a demand. His answer held a chuckle. "But he needs you both," Spider went on. "What are you going to give him?" "My knife in his belly till blood floods the holes and leaks out the mouthpiece. I'll chase the sea-floor till we both fall on sand.
Triton] is classic Delany that maintains a cutting edge of sheer platinum. Delany sets his interrogation of the myth and politics of a central culture within an infinitely richer galaxy of interwoven margins. The dazzle always illuminates: the novel offers vision-altering thrills on the order of paradigm shifts or sex at its most rapturously cataclysmic." —Earl Jackson, Jr., author of Fantastic Lizring: The Speculative Autobiographies of Samuel R. Delany The Einstein Intersection Books by the