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Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
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Mar 01, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: hugos, nebula, sci-fi
Read from March 01 to 02, 2012

Babel-17 (B17) implements a strong version of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (SSW) that is really fun*. It is interesting to consider the increasable abstract advantages of picking one language over another. I love the idea of viral language, (how memes actually do work) and how SWH pushest this idea is fun. In theory B17 is my kind of book (especially after just finishing Mieville's Embassytown, which I really enjoyed), it has great ideas and lots to think about. With that said, the plot and the characters, the 'sci fi' aspects, where all incredibly vanilla and underdeveloped. It was way too classic 60s sci fi without the class that say a Hienline pulled off. A big disappointment. One think I do have to say for Delany is he didn't go the graphic sex direction that so many of his pears did.

*(I favor a nominal/weak version of the Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis (WWH), )

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