The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R. Delany)

24 September 2014

The Einstein Intersection

In an incredible far future, the known laws of Time and Space no longer apply to the world – and the seed of Man has mutated. Lobey is a mutant, different because he can hear the music in people’s minds. And when he encounters the beautiful dead-mute, Friza, he knows he has found a kindred soul.

Then Friza is killed, by someone or something unknown, and Lobey, driven by a knowledge he does not understand, sets out to bring her back from the dead. His journey leads him to strange lands and stranger people: people such as Spider, the eternal traitor incarnate; the Dove, embodiment of beauty; and Green-Eye, doomed to be the victim of a ritual as old as Time.

And always in the background, always waiting, stands the shadow of the chilling, childlike killer from the sea. The being called Kid Death...

Average Rating:

Ross Hetherington (9 February 2020 14:20)

Samuel Delany is one of my favourite ever writers, but I really do think this one book is pants. The best thing about it is the little Joyce quote at the start, which has always stayed with me, for some reason.

Sinclair Manson (28 September 2014 15:44)

This might be a bit of a stretch but it seems like there's a lot in here about each generation taking on new forms of myths that run right through human history in an almost Jungian way. So the myths of ancient Greece are echoed in the celebrity worship of the 1960s and in the lives of the mutant inhabitants of an Earth of the far future. With the suggestion that the mutants may in fact not even be human but have adopted more-or-less human form as the inheritors of the Earth, there seems to be a suggestion that it is the continuity of these myths that joins each generation to its ancestors. A lot of other stuff in here too no doubt and a fair bit of loony mutant fun too.